Steps to Take After a Flood in Ladue
SERVPRO Can Remediate Your Damage Quickly to Prevent any Secondary Issues
Whether caused by falling water, groundwater or home water system malfunction, there are some things that need to be done within the first twenty-four hours after a flood to make sure your home and family are safe, and to give you the best outcome possible with your insurance company.
Avoid More Risks
If the flood and flood damage are serious enough for you to leave your Ladue home, keep safe when you do return to your home. Check for any visible structural damage, like cracked or loosened foundation elements, warping, holes, and cracks before you enter your home, and contact your utility companies if you think there is damage to gas, water, sewer or electric lines.
You should also have a working flashlight and turn off any electrical and water sources in the home. Even if your power is not operational, you need to turn off the main power supply and all individual fuse connections. Then if the power is reactivated, you will not be at risk for mixing electricity and standing water.
Before calling a flood damage restoration company such as SERVPRO to remove water and make repairs, fully document the damage by taking photos and/or video. Digital versions are best so they can be stored and copied easily when needed.
Protect Your Health
The water in your home, even if it is clear, can be contaminated by household chemicals or sewage. Try and refrain from walking in it and let the professionals handle it instead, as they have the proper equipment and clothing to protect themselves. Any food which could have come into contact with flood waters needs to be thrown out.
Our professionals at SERVPRO will need to remove the standing water from your home first. We can do so quickly with professional grade equipment and use industrial dryers and dehumidifiers to help dry your home out after water is removed. We can then better assess all the damages and determine what needs to be repaired or replaced.
Mold growth can occur within the first 24 to 48 hours after flood damage, so if you had to leave your home for any length of time, you can expect that there will be mold as well. However, we can test for any hidden mold and find everywhere in your home which needs to be treated for mold so that this danger is taken care of as well.
A big flood of any kind is frightening and can displace your family for long periods of time if it is bad enough. At SERVPRO of Clayton/Ladue, we will be by your side through the whole restoration process, making sure you know what we are doing and easing your worries as much as possible. Make sure and give us a call as soon as you can at (314) 863-4555 so we can get your family back into your home as soon as possible.