3 Steps To Take After A Flood To Keep You Safe

Once you've been given the clear to return to your home after a flood, wondering what to do next can seem overwhelming, but what you must focus on first is safety. Your home becomes a hazard after a flood, so make sure you follow these steps to take after a flood to keep yourself safe.

Examine the Home's Exterior

Don't enter your home until you have examined the home's exterior. If your area experienced a flash flood, that could have caused serious damage, such as cracks. Even a slow flood can cause major damage and weaken the support structure. Outside, look for cracks and check the roof for any weak spots. Make sure you don't get on your roof unless you are experienced. Once you feel it's safe to go inside, look for other signs such as bowing ceilings (especially in two-story houses) and stuck doors, which could indicate an upper floor may be collapsing.

Turn off the Utilities

If you didn't already turn off your electricity before the flood, turn it off before you start examining the home. If you are unable to safely make it to the power box or you don't feel comfortable, contact a professional electrician. If you have any equipment that was exposed to water, such as a stove, make sure it is inspected by an electrician before you use. The gas should also be shut off, but it is best to have it shut off at the source.

Look for Signs of Damage to Utility Lines

As long as you feel safe walking around your home, you should look for possible signs of damage to utility lines. If you haven't turned the gas off yet, you'll notice an unpleasant odor like rotten eggs. If this is the case, open all the windows, so the gas can escape and leave the home. You should also look for signs of damage to the sewage line. Again, a smell will help you identify any problems. Make sure to check your drinking water for any discoloration or odor, which likely means the water is contaminated with sewage.

 Don't be afraid to return to your home after a flood, but make sure you do so carefully. By following these tips, you will keep yourself safe as you explore the damage and find what can be salvaged. For more information about preventing high voltage shocks after a flood, contact an electrician company like Motor Shop Electrical Construction Co today.