Steps To Take If Your House Floods
Because we can’t control natural disasters, the possibility of a flood may occur at any time. Or, maybe it’s a water source that suddenly breaks. But, here’s what we can control. We can control how ready we are in case our houses flood, and knowing this procedure can minimize damages. Here are the steps to take if your house floods.
Turn Off The Water Source
The first thing you should do is stop more water from coming in. If water is entering through a burst pipe or a broken appliance, go ahead and turn off the water source. While you can’t directly turn off the water source during a natural disaster, call your city to make sure the drains are open.
Turn Off The Electricity
Standing water and electricity are a terrible and dangerous combo that may put your life in danger. Locate your fuse box, turn off the main breaker and all individual fuse switches too. However, it’s important that you don’t walk through water to get to your fuse box. If this is the case, call an electrician.
Evacuate and Assess
If the flooding continues, it is time to evacuate the building. Find a safe and dry place, and assess to make sure everyone is present. If someone is injured, call for an ambulance. During a natural disaster, find a temporary shelter.
Once everything cools over — your first instinct might be to start cleaning up the mess. But, make sure to document the damages beforehand. Use your smartphone or other device to capture photos which you can later show an insurer. This way, you’ll be appropriately compensated.