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Steps To Follow After a Flood: Why Waterproofing is Important

Give us a call today: 613-791-5777  for a free upfront estimate!Steps To Follow After a Flood: Why Waterproofing is Important

If your property has become flooded your priority is to restore your home to its former condition without delay. Here you’ll find out why waterproofing is important, but also the certain steps to follow after a flood such as:

Waterproofing in Ottawa Tips

  • Do not enter your home until the authorities have advised you that it is safe to do so.
  • If the main power switch hadn’t been turned off before the flooding, do not enter your home until you call in a qualified electrician to inspect the installation and determined that it is safe to do so.
  • Be extremely cautious when returning to your property after a flood.
  • Large appliances that may have been impacted by the flood waters pose a risk of shock or even a fire when turned on. It’s important that you do not use any of the appliances or even the heating, sewage or pressure systems until all the electrical components have been carefully cleaned, dried, and inspected by a licensed electrician.
  • Ensure that the main electrical panel is cleaned, dried, and tested by a certified electrician to ensure that it’s safe for use.
  • Your municipal authority is responsible for providing permission before your electrical lines can be reconnected to your home.
  • Make sure the structure is structurally safe.
  • Take a video recording of the flood damage if possible. You can also click pictures.
  • Contact your insurance agent as well as local municipality immediately to register the flood damage.
  • Look for sunk or buckled floors walls or floors.
  • Look for any broken glass, holes in the floor and other potentially dangerous items lying around.
  • Flood waters can be very heavily contaminated with various pollutants like sewage water and can cause infections and sickness so its best not to drink water from your house till the entire area has been cleared and cleaned.
  • All the household items that have become flood-damaged will also have to be discarded as per the local regulations.
  • Store all your damaged valuable papers, in a freezer until they are required (after the cleanup, consult your lawyer to find out whether the flood-damaged documentation or just the information they hold, must be retained).
  • Minimize the contact with floodwater or any items that might have been in contact with it. Keep kids away from all contaminated areas during the cleanup operations.

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