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    What to Do if Your Home Was Flooded

    Last week’s nor’easter wasn’t one of the worst that the Jersey Shore has seen, but it dropped lots of rain on the area in a very short span of time. Nor’easters are most common during the months of October through April, so we’re right in the thick of the peak season.

    Emergency preparedness is incredibly important, and you should be prepared at all times. But it can be overwhelming and difficult to know where to start picking up the pieces following a flood. Bookmark this guide for what to do if your home is affected by flooding caused by rain or plumbing disasters.

    1. Prepare Before a Flood– Preparation is the most important step, and a step that you’ll wish you followed if you experience a flood. Keep important documents handy and backed up to the cloud, store valuables in airtight containers, have an emergency kit, and make a family emergency plan. Once a flood hits, it will be too late to deal with these things. Although you can’t predict or control nature, you can ensure plumbing and sump pump related flooding can be prevented by routinely checking and keeping things in good running order.
    2. Keep Safety in Mind- Once the flooding ceases, you may want to check on your home. It’s important to keep safety in mind. Depending on the level of flooding, you may need to turn off the electricity to your home. Don’t eat any food that has come in contact with the water. If you aren’t sure, and the room has been flooded, toss the food to be on the safe side.
    3. Call your Insurance Company- As soon as you’re able, call your insurance company. They will send an adjuster to take a look and start the process of paying for the repairs. Photograph as much of the damage and flooding as you can, since it could take several days or weeks to be visited depending on the severity of local flooding.
    4.  Remove the Moisture– Once the rain recedes or you’ve stopped the source of the flooding (if it’s due to a broken sump pump, burst pipe, sewer backup, etc.) you will need to then remove the water and moisture. Standing water removal isn’t the only drying you’ll need to do. Your home and the contents will need to be thoroughly dried out. Running fans and dehumidifiers are great ways to handle the job and hopefully avoid long term damage in some cases.
    5. Put Your Life Back Together- Next up is the hardest part. The cleanup and repairs. You will have to sort through each room to understand the extent of the damage. Professional cleanup companies may be covered by your insurance. It’s important to understand the risk of mold and mildew following a flood. It is a smart idea to hire professionals to take a look at the damage and help you take the next steps.

    Flood damage can seem overwhelming and frustrating. With the right steps following the disaster, it’s possible to clean up your life again. We sincerely hope that you will never need to use these tips and will be spared from this type of disaster, but we hope these tips help if you’re ever faced with severe flooding.

    Photo by Hannah Domsic on Unsplash

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