If you live in an area that is prone to flooding, you will hopefully be prepared to move quickly when the water begins to rise. But even with advanced preparation, fully recovering from a flood can take some time. If your basement or another part of your property was recently damaged by water, here are some tips to help you get back on the right track.
Remove Valuables and Then Dry It Out
First things first, get anything that is still dry but in danger of getting wet out of the area. You might not be able to save the items that are already damaged, but you can keep the damage from getting worse. One tip to remember, however, is to make sure you are not wading into standing water if it's possible an electrical current is nearby. Check your utilities and then proceed.
Hopefully you can just mop up with some towels and other basic tools, but some additional work might be required. If there is lingering moisture, you might want to invest in a de-humidifier that is large enough to dry out the entire room.
Check for Damage and Mold
Once the area is sufficiently dried out, you'll then need to take a hard look at the aftermath. Some water damage might be immediately apparent, but you should still dig deeper if you believe the damage was bad. In particular, you should keep a close watch out for signs of developing mold. Drying out the wood or plaster in the area will help with keeping mold at bay, but there's a chance that development is already underway. If you do notice mold, make sure you wear protective gear that covers your nose, mouth, and eyes, and don't touch mold directly with your hands.
Contact Professional Help
Sometimes, despite your best efforts, it will become clear that you can't do it all on your own. In some cases, you might need the help of a professional flood restoration team. A flood restoration professional can help you dry out your basement or other area more quickly. He or she may also be able to notice mold or other issues in a place that might be hard for you to see, like behind a wall. For best results, contact a flood restoration company as soon as trouble arrives. If the flood was widespread, your professional is likely to be busy, so it's important that you get an appointment quickly.