While many things can be done to lessen the chance of your home becoming flood damaged prior to a flood, it can be entirely possible that you could find yourself in a situation that is not only unexpected but leaves you unprepared as well. Water is a leading cause of home damage and can be caused by many things, but most commonly:
- Heavy rains
- Burst/leaking pipes
- Sewer buildup
The most important thing to keep in mind is, safety, safety, safety! Securing safety for you, and your family, is of the utmost importance.
- Look for any structural damage that may have been caused by the flood. Water can compromise the walls of a home or building.
- Utilities should be turned off immediately, if they can be reached, to reduce the risk of electrical hazards or gas leaks. If you need assistance during this, contact your utility companies immediately.
- Flood waters are contaminated! Children and animals should be kept out of any stagnant water. Adults needing to enter should do so with rubber boots and gloves. After the safety situation is dealt with, it is time to properly take care of your home. Once you have stopped all water intrusions, you need to remove the water from your home. That is when you call SERVPRO of Lane County! Removing the water will differ depending on the situation and amount of water in your home. Extraction units can be used to remove the water out of your home. Once water gets to a more manageable level, our technicians will lay out the next step in drying your home.