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Reentering your Flooded Oceanside/Long Beach Home

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

When returning home after natural disasters such as hurricanes & floods you must be aware that your house may be contaminated with mold or sewage.

Here are some tips from the CDC on what to do when you first reenter your home after a water disaster:
(https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/floods/after.html)

  • Try to return to your home during the daytime so that you do not have to use any lights. Use battery-powered flashlights and lanterns, rather than candles, gas lanterns, or torches.

  • If you have standing water in your home and can turn off the main power from a dry location, then go ahead and turn off the power, even if it delays cleaning. If you MUST enter standing water to access the main power switch, then call and electrician to turn it off. NEVER turn power on or off yourself or use an electrical tool or appliance while standing in water.

  • Have an electrician check the homes electrical system before turning the power on again.

  • If you smell gas or suspect a leak, turn off the main gas valve & open all windows. Notify your gas company or the police/fire dept and do not turn on the lights or do anything that could cause a spark.

  • If your house has been closed up for several days, enter briefly to open doors and windows to let the house air out for a while before you stay for any length of time.

  • If your home has been flooded and has been closed up for several days assume your home has mold.

  • Throw away food that may have come into contact with flood or storm water, perishable foods that have not been refrigerated properly due to power outages.

  • Flood water can contaminate your drinking water. Some contaminates from surface water get into the groundwater and affect private drinking water wells and municipal water systems that use groundwater. Follow your local guidance on whether your water is safe to drink

Contact SERVPRO of Long Beach/Oceanside at 516-536-1801 immediately if your home has been affected by water/mold after a flood in your home. We specialize in water restoration to restore your home to pre-flood conditions.

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