What should I be worried about when going into my home after it's been flooded?
After a storm damages your home it can be overwhelming to even consider going back inside, especially if the damage is severe. Here are a few things to keep an eye out for when reentering your home for the first time.
- Make sure the power is off to the home to avoid electric shock. The electricity could be running through the standing water.
- Be on the lookout for poisonous snakes, rats, and even stray pets. The animals will try and find a dry place and it might be your home.
- Flood water is considered "black water" or "Category 3 water" due to the contamination it might carry. Backed up sewers, machine oils, and chemicals might be in the standing water in your home. Do not go in your home without proper protection.
- Wet materials are more pliable and could break under the strain of a person. Be careful walking on saturated floors.
Remember, always safety first. If you feel as though your home is unsafe to enter, wait for help to arrive. If your home has been affected by a fire or water loss, don't wait! Call SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch at 210-670-9591