Flood Alert: Key Action Steps & Information!

Flood Alert: Key Action Steps & Information
Water is probably the single most destructive force to a house. Left unchecked, it can lead to rot, dry rot, mold and termite infestations. Water can cause roofs to collapse, foundations to buckle and all manner of expensive repairs.
The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation website offers great advice on what to do after a flood.
One of the key points CMHC emphasises is the following:
Immediate action is important. Your house and furnishings are less likely to grow mold if they are dried within 48 hours.
Mold is one of the problems caused by flooding because water is one of the key ingredients mold needs to grow. Other key ingredients for mold growth are the right temperature of 5 degrees to 38 degrees and of course food, such as paper, wood, drywall, wallpaper, carpet, ceiling tiles, dust, and dirt.
Your goal as a home owner is to prevent the onset of mold. To accomplish this objective, here are some key steps CMHC and Got Mold? recommends:
SAFETY
Put your own safety first. Avoid electrical shock. Keep extension cords out of the water. Shut the power off to the flooded area at the breaker box. Ask your electrical utility for help if needed.
RECORD
Record details of damage, with photos or video if possible.
CLEAN UP
Clean up the area. We recommend that you call a professional Disaster Recovery Service like Got Mold? because we have the protective gear and equipment to clean up the area properly. The key to preventing excessive mold growth is to remove all the water and begin drying out the area using air movers and dehumidifiers. Most importantly, all contaminated material must be either disinfected or removed permanently. If you begin the clean up process yourself, we strongly advise the use of rubber gloves, boots, protective clothing, and a respirator.
INSURANCE
Call your insurance provider immediately. Keep in mind, as the home owner, you have the right to choose the Disaster Recovery Service company you want to work with. Got Mold? is here to help, one of the core services we offer is Flood Response & Restoration. In 2011, we published a 3 part series on what to do in case of a flood:
Know What To Do In Case Of a Flood? Part 1
Know What To Do In Case Of a Flood? Part 2
Know What To Do In Case Of a Flood? Part 3
Here are some other useful links you should review:
Why is Mold a Growing Concern?
Mold Emerges As Problem From Flooding
Determining Water Hazards by Category
What’s In Your Flood Water?
The Longer You Wait…The Worse It Gets!
Do You Know Where Your Water Main Valve Is Located?
Flooded…But Denied Insurance? Don’t Lose Hope!
Why Do We Need Sump Pumps?
Mold, Not Just a Health Problem, But a Structural One Too!
Sewer Backups Part 1: Causes and Prevention
Sewer Backups Part 2: Action Steps
Guidelines For Private Provincial Disaster Assistance Program Claims
CMHC offers a free 38 page publication, “Cleaning Up Your House After a Flood” that you may want to download for more information