A flooded home can be the result of extreme weather or a plumbing issues. Either way you have to move quickly to get the water out of your home.  Here what you need to do:

Stop the Water at Its Source 

Unless the flooding is due to an act of nature, find the source of the water and turn it off or seal it up. The easiest way to stop water flow is to turn off the main water valve to the house. Its a good idea to know where the main water valve is in your home prior to flooding. 

Turn Off the Electricity

After the source of the water has been stopped, turn off all electrical systems in your home.  If you cannot reach the fuse box without stepping through water, call an electrician.

Evacuate the Premises

If a pipe has broken or a sewage leak has happened leave your home and find a dry, safe spot outside. It could be the backyard or the home of a neighbor or friend.  In the case of a natural disaster, locate a temporary shelter, either by asking authorities or listening to the local news. Get everyone relocated to the shelter as soon as possible.

Renters: Call Your Landlord: As soon as you and everyone who lives in the home are safe, let your landlord know what’s happened. 

Homeowners: Call Your Insurer: Call your insurer and explain that your home has suffered water damage. Make sure to clarify whether you need to wait for an adjuster to visit your home before you begin the cleanup and repair processes.

Document Everything

When thinking about what to do if your house floods, the first thing that probably comes to mind is cleaning up the mess. But before you do, document everything so you can show your insurer the extent of the damage.  Take extreme precautions before going into the home, suit up with appropriate protective gear, such as waders and waterproof boots.

Start the Cleanup Process

Cleaning up after a flood can be a long process. You’ll need to remove the water, salvage any personal items you can, dry the space out, and disinfect any areas or objects the water touched. Swift Services is a professional that can help.  For more information Call us at (405) 887-9438.

 

Flooding can happen anywhere—so be prepared