What not to Do After a Storm or Flood

Natural disasters, like floods and storms, often leave a path of destruction, which would probably include damages to your home.

After any disaster, the first thing you’ll want to do is to get back on your feet and start rebuilding your home. But with so many things to do, it’s easy to overlook an important repair project or make a mistake when cleaning.

To make your disaster recovery a little smoother, here are a few tips on what NOT to do after a storm and flooding:

Passing up a Home Inspection

After any strong storm or flooding, have your home inspected for unseen damages. If you evacuated, do an inspection first before going back to the house. Structural problems aren’t always apparent once the winds die down and the flood waters recede.

Check the windows, the doors, roof, siding, gutters, and plumbing to make sure your home is still sealed and safe from the elements. It’s also a good idea to have professional home foundation repair works done.

Not Minding Your Food and Water

After a flood, contamination is to be expected. The flood waters, the high humidity and the spread of insects can cause even the seemingly dry food products to spoil. Throw out any food that came in contact with the water.

Also, unless the local authorities say it’s okay, avoid drinking water from the tap. Whether you’re using a well, spring water, or the city water as your source, the system may have been contaminated. Switch to bottled water in the meantime.

Pumping Out the Basement Too Soon

The ground is typically saturated after a storm and flooding. Water inside the basement also means there’s water outside the basement walls. Pumping it too soon could lead to costly structural damages and repair.

If things are too late, have some repair done on your house’s foundation while the problem is still small. While you’re at it, do some flood-proofing works as well.

Recovery after natural disasters is always a top priority, but don’t forget that safety should always come first. Always get the help of local authorities and experts whenever you’re in doubt of what to do.