Flood restoration will not only involve the repairing your home and bring back the former state of your life before the calamity, but it will also involve moving on from the tragedy. We have all seen what cyclones, typhoons and hurricanes are capable of – widespread destruction, floods and people resorting to underhanded ways to survive. Just look at what happened to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and recently, to the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan. The scale of destruction is of epic proportions, which is why it is imperative to be armed with information in order to be prepared to face the challenges when they come. People living in coastal areas or near the Pacific and Atlantic, especially in New York must take the necessary precaution after it strikes.
Let’s presume that you managed to prepare and stock up on supplies before the hurricane struck, making flood restoration and moving on a little easier. If the flood waters invaded your home, it is important to wear the necessary protection. But remember, if it managed to swallow your entire house, immediately relocate and return when the flood waters recede. With that said, here are some necessary precautions:
- When wading through flood waters, wear rubber boots, gloves and equip yourself with a walking stick or cane, even if the water is waist-deep or higher. Wearing boots will ensure protection against sharp objects that have been washed away. A stick will allow you to prod the areas you are about to walk on, in order to see if there are obstacles or holes on the way.
- As much as possible, never let children or people with health considerations and open (children, old people and pregnant women) be in direct contact with flood waters. This is so because the water is home to millions of microorganisms that can cause a number of diseases.
- Immediately disinfect yourself by taking a hot shower with antibacterial soap after you came in contact with flood waters.
Home utilities and clearing operations
If flood waters are still up, never ever dare to turn on the main switch and only do so after flood restoration. Never plug in any appliances until an electrician guarantees it to be safe, given its hazardous nature and higher chances of electrocution. This also applies to your gas pipes. If you have not turned the main switch off before the flood, get a qualified professional to do so. As for the clearing and cleaning operations, here are some things you should know:
- Shovel mud away evenly from both sides of your home if it is made of wood. This simultaneously maintains balance in the structure.
- You may need to completely renovate your home if it is made of wood. Completely remove all the dry wallpaper affected, as well as the wooden flooring. Also remember to check the interior of the walls. Not doing so will ultimately result into mold growth.
- Pump the flood waters out of your basement. After doing so you may need to throw away all porous and semi-porous materials in it.
- Garden hoses are a must-have tool during cleaning operations. This makes it easier to clear off mud and debris.
- Lastly, make sure to dispose your garbage properly. Wait for the proper authorities and garbage trucks to collect it.
Remember, flood preparedness does not only involve stocking up on supplies; it also involves knowing vital information on what to do during and after it. Just remember the above mentioned tips and you are guaranteed to be all right in the aftermath.