What to do in the First 24 Hours After a Flood

The 24 hours after a flood can be confusing and scary; but if you know exactly what to do, it can make the world of difference. Within 24 hours after a flood, follow these quick tips for clean up.

Avoid Risks

If a flood was extremely serious to the point where you needed to leave your home, make sure that it is safe before you re-enter. Make sure to check for structural damage such as cracked foundation, or holes in the floor or walls. Also contact utility companies if there is any damage to water, electric, gas, or sewer lines before entering your home. Once in your home, make sure to shut off all electrical sources to avoid contact with standing water.

Document Everything

Before making any repairs or removing anything from your home, make sure to take plenty of pictures and document what is damaged in order to show your insurance company.

Contact Your Insurance Company

It’s good practice to notify your insurance company as soon as possible after a flood. Let them know the damage that was done to your home and the claims you would like to file.

Protect Your Health

If there is still water standing in your home, it could be contaminated by sewage or other household chemicals. Make sure to wear waterproof boots and rubber gloves when removing items from your home. Also be sure to throw out all food that may have come in contact with the flood water

Remove Water

Once you get the go-ahead from your insurer, use a sump-pump and a wet vac to begin to remove water.

Avoid Mold Damage

Mold can develop within 24-48 hours after a flood. Remove all wet fabrics from your home, including carpets, furniture, and bedding as soon as possible. Mold can be controlled on surfaces by cleaning with a non-ammonia detergent.

Have you been hit by a flood? Call AAA Flood Drying today to help take care of all your flood clean-up needs. 978-392-1895