Floods can have a devastating effect on your home. Unfortunately, torrential rains increase the risk for flooding. If you're at risk for flooding—or you've just experienced a flood at your home—you need to know how to begin the cleanup. It's not as easy as just wading into the water to begin the cleanup efforts. Certain steps need to be taken to make sure that you and your home are protected. Here are four steps you need to take after a flood.
Hurricane season has indeed been active this summer and early fall, and there are still six weeks left in the season. While Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia are just beginning to rebuild after the recent Hurricane Michael, Tropical Storm Tara is nearing Mexico and a new depression may be forming in the Caribbean.
In addition to massive cleanup and demolition, many homeowners will return home to find their houses have suffered flood damage.
According to FEMA, every area has a risk of flood. Because of this, it is important to know which type of flood zone you live in. More importantly, it's also important to understand what to do when there is a flood warning, particularly a flash flood warning. In fact, in the United States flash floods are the number one weather-related killer. The reason for this is because flash floods can occur rapidly and cause water to rise 30 feet high or more.
You likely have heard that black mold is toxic and can wreak havoc on human health. You may not realize that there are many property owners who are unaware that they have mold in their properties. You may even be one of them. Early mold remediation is important because mold can result in extensive property damage. If the mold spreads too much, remediation efforts may be difficult or impossible. This can result in homes being considered uninhabitable.
If you suspect that the flooring tiles in your home may contain asbestos, have an asbestos testing company come out and confirm your suspicions. If the tile floors in your home are more than a decade old, and you were not involved in the installation process, it is a good idea to have them tested before you remove them. If your tile floors contain asbestos, you are going to want to take specific steps while removing the floor tiles.