Mother Nature has a way of wreaking havoc when you least expect it. Torrential rains can lead to flooding, which can thoroughly destroy your home. If your home has been flooded, you’ll need to get rid of the standing water as soon as possible. However, before you start cleaning up, there are some safety precautions you’ll need to take. Here are four steps you’ll need to follow to make sure you stay safe during the cleanup.
Watch for Electrical Hazards
Before entering your home after a flood, you’ll need to inspect for electrical hazards. Look for wires that might be floating in the water, or outlets that have been exposed to water. You may think that you’re safe from electrocution if the electricity to your home is off, but you’re not. According to research, you can still suffer electrocution even if you’ve turned the electricity off. Stay out of the water until the electric company can come out and remove the electrical meter.
Avoid Open Flames
If the gas has not been turned off to your home, don’t light candles or use other types of open flames around your home. The flames could ignite the gas fumes if there’s a leak in or around your home. Play it safe. Use a flashlight to inspect your home until you’re sure that the gas has been turned off.
Set the Generator Up Outside
Once it’s safe to go back in your home to start with the cleanup, you’re going to need to use generators – since the power will be off to your home. Be sure you set the generators up outside and provide for adequate ventilation inside the home. Setting your generator up inside the home could result in a buildup of hazardous fumes.
Drain the Basement Slowly
If you have a basement, you’ll need to drain the water slowly. Trying to drain it quickly could cause the walls to collapse in on you. That’s because the pressure from the water draining could undermine the stability of the walls. Set up the pumps and drain the water over the course of a few days. This will ensure that the pressure in the basement is able to stabilize as the water is drained.
If you’ve sustained water damage due to flooding, you’ll need to take precautions while you clean up the mess in order to ensure a safe water damage restoration process. The tips provided here will help keep you safe while you work to restore your home.