When your house is flooding, immediate action is required to prevent major structural damages, avoid life-threatening dangers, and protect yourself and loved ones from contamination and illness.
Shut Off or Eliminate the Water Source – Unless the invading water is due to rainfall, rising land water, or severe weather related events, shut off the water supply to the house.
Shut Off the Electricity – In a flooded home, electricity combined with water and you could lead to electrocution and death. Take no chances with your life. Turn the power off at the main breaker.
Prevent Contact with Flood Water – Flood waters are able to carry sewage, chemicals, sharp debris, and even infectious bacteria and disease. The use of protective clothing and avoiding skin contact altogether are your best bet to avoiding severe illness.
Keep Children Away from Affected Areas – Kids have a tendency to want to touch and taste everything. It is imperative to keep children away from flooded areas to avoid illness, electrocution, or severe injury.
Dispose of All Flood Water Contaminated Consumables – In order to avoid illness and disease, get rid of all food and beverages that made contact with or are suspected of contamination.