El Nino is in full effect right now. That means that the warmer ocean temperatures are generating volatile weather patterns, including record-breaking rainfall in some areas of the United States. Unfortunately, record-breaking rainfall can lead to flooding, especially in areas that are located in naturally occurring flood plains.
If you're expecting heavy rainfall, it's a good idea to be prepared for potential flooding. With proper preparation, you'll be ready for whatever comes your way, including the clean-up efforts that will follow the floods. Here are three tips that will help keep you safe during the clean-up.
Turn the Power Off
If you still have standing water in your home, don't step inside until you've turned the electricity off. This is particularly important if the flood waters reached the level of your electrical outlets or if you have electrical cords that are in the water. Once the electricity has been turned off, you'll be able to enter your home.
It's important to note that you shouldn't turn your electricity back on until an electrician has been out to inspect your wall outlets. If they've been exposed to water, they may need to be replaced before you can turn your electricity back on.
Proceed With Caution
Severe flooding can lead to structural damage, especially if the water level reached the second floor of your two-story home or if you have a basement that was under water. If either of these issues relate to you, you should have a contractor come out and inspect your home for structural damage. Flooding can weaken the wood framework and floorboards in your home. If that's happened in your home, the walls and floors could collapse. Your water damage contractor will be able to assess the structural damage to your home before you begin cleanup efforts.
Don't Forget the Protective Gear
When you start cleaning up the mess, you'll need to remember the protective clothing. This is particularly important if the water has been standing in your home for several days or the floodwater contains contamination such as engine fluids or raw sewage. Contaminated water can expose you to bacteria that can cause infectious diseases. Here's a list of protective clothing you'll need before you wade into the water.
- Long-sleeved shirt – with sleeves tucked into your gloves
Long pants – with pant legs tucked into your boots
For more information, contact CDM Cesspool Service or a similar company.