Quick action is very important
SASKATOON, July 12 /CNW/ - For homeowners, few natural events cause
greater or more lasting damage than a flood. But what many of us may not
know is that much of the worst damage can actually occur after the water
has drained away.
If your home has been flooded, the best way to protect your property,
your belongings - and the health of your family - is by getting rid of
the water and drying your house as quickly as possible. Whether you do
the work yourself or hire a contractor, a few important precautions
should always be taken before you begin:
Put safety first. Avoid electrical shock by wearing rubber boots,
keeping extension cords out of the water and shutting off power to the
Record the details of the damage with photos or video if possible, and
contact your insurance agent and register with your municipality as
soon as possible.
Set up a step-by-step action plan to remove all remaining water, mud
and other debris, dispose of contaminated household goods, rinse away
contamination and disinfect contaminated surfaces, and dry out your
house and salvageable possessions.
Assemble all the equipment and supplies you'll need in advance,
including gloves, masks, pails, mops, squeegees, plastic garbage bags,
unscented dishwashing detergent and large containers for wet bedding
Store valuable papers in a sealable plastic bag in a working freezer
until you need them.
Then, during the clean up, keep a checklist of chores close at hand to
make sure the work is carried out in an order that will help minimize
the damage, including:
Remove standing water with pumps or pails and a wet/dry shop vacuum,
and remove all soaked and dirty materials and debris, including wet
insulation and drywall, residual mud and soil, furniture, appliances,
clothing and bedding.
Work from the top down, breaking out ceilings and walls that have
absorbed water, removing materials at least 500 mm above the
high-water line and replacing any flooring that has been deeply
penetrated by flood water or sewage.
Hose down and thoroughly rinse all surfaces wetted by the flood water,
and wash and wipe down with a solution of dishwashing detergent and
water. Rinse. If the surfaces do not appear clean, repeat the washing
down with detergent, scrubbing as needed, then rinse again.
Clean surfaces not directly affected by the flood water with the
detergent solution and allow to dry.
Ventilate or dehumidify the house until it is completely dry.
For more information or a free copy of the "About Your House" fact sheet After
the Flood, ask CMHC at 1-800-668-2642 or visit our Web site at href="http://www.cmhc.ca/">www.cmhc.ca.
For over 60 years, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has
been Canada's national housing agency, and a source of objective,
reliable housing expertise.
SOURCE CANADA MORTGAGE AND HOUSING CORPORATION (CMHC), PRAIRIES REGION
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