Floods take place when an unrelenting storm hits a certain area. In some cases, the flood could be mild and you can return to your normal activities within a day. In most cases, however, flooding can last for days, and could leave your home not only structurally unsound, but also a haven for all kinds of accidents waiting to happen.
The following are some steps to make sure your house is safe when you return after:
- Make sure your area has been cleared by local authorities.
Local authorities check on the structural soundness of homes within their area. In most cases, power would be cut off to make sure no one gets electrocuted. But, there are instances when not all areas would have their power supply cut, or the power has been restored prematurely. This is where the danger lies.
- Check your electrical lines as well as your appliances.
If your appliances have been submerged for quite some time, it might no longer function properly. So, make sure only a professional electrician goes through your power lines as well as your appliances. AIES.com suggests creating a list of parts you need to buy from a local electrical parts company to repair damaged equipment.
While you’re at it, you might also need to check your gas line for any leaks. This also means that, as long as you are not sure whether your gas line is intact, do not have any open fire.
- Clean your appliances and put everything in order.
If you are sure that your home is already safe, start cleaning your floors and walls. Take out all of your furniture pieces to air dry them. Also, open your windows to hasten the air flow as well as the drying of water inside your home.
After checking all these details, try to make a final inspection to make sure everything is back to normal.