With Tropical Storm Cindy in the past, it’s safe to say that the rainy months of the year are officially upon us. Unfortunately, this means there could be a chance that the heavy rains could cause flooding nearby. Flooding causes millions of dollars worth of water damage to American homes, not to mention the lives that are flipped upside-down.
The following tips can greatly reduce the stress and costs of water damage to your home in the event of flooding:
Keep the air moving
If you have water damage in your home and still have electricity – turn on your ceiling fans.
Ceiling fans will circulate fresh air throughout your home. The constant moving air will greatly assist with the drying process of your personal items.
Prop up the furniture
Taking wet couch cushions and propping them up in a dry area will allow them to dry more evenly.
You can also put aluminum foil beneath furniture legs or small wood blocks underneath to keep furniture from contacting and absorbing standing water.
Get your mops ready
If flood water makes its way inside of your home, use a mop or towel to blot as much water as possible.
Just a heads up – this will take a little bit of elbow grease. But removing as much water as possible will drastically reduce any continuing damage from flood waters that have entered your home.
Flooding means it’s time to open-up
Opening the doors of your closet along with drawers throughout your home will enhance drying. Having your drawers and doors open will also help the contents inside dry out more quickly and evenly.
Keep books on the shelves
It is a good idea to not remove damp books from their shelves.
Leaving the books pressed together will help prevent the pages from becoming crinkled and the covers ruined.
Pull out the rug
Remove wet area rugs or other floor coverings and hang them out to dry.
It’s also a good idea to remove wet fabrics and dry them out as soon as you can. You can also hang furs, jackets and leather goods to dry separately in another room.
Remove draperies off of the carpet or wet floors as well. Simply loop curtains and draperies through a coat hanger. Then place the hanger on the drapery rod to keep them off of the floor.
What not to do:
- Do not try and lift carpet that is tacked down without the help of a professional.
- Don’t use a regular vacuum to remove water from your home.
- If you use electrical appliances, be sure not to use them while they are sitting on wet floors.
- It is extremely important not to enter rooms that have standing water, especially if the the electricity is still on.
Homeowner’s insurance will typically cover major appliances that are destroyed in the event of water damage.
However, homeowner’s insurance will not cover appliances like coffee makers and microwaves just to name a few. Having a home warranty to compliment your insurance policy is also a great idea.
Home warranties offer you peace of mind, as well as protect you from appliance failure even when there is no rain in sight.
The amount of work required to get your home back to normal is completely dependent on the extent of the flooding damage. Minimal flooding may only take a few days to dry out, while heavy flooding can leave your home in need of a complete remodel.
It’s also advised to be prepared for the potential construction that could be necessary in case of a flood.