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Help! My Tampa home is flooded! 8 steps to recovery.

Help! My Tampa home is flooded! 8 steps to recovery.

In early August of 2015, Tampa absolutely smashed a forty-two year old rainfall record. The previous record, from 1973, was 2.60 inches of rain in a single day. By 3pm on August 1st Tampa had already received just over 3 inches (3.1 to be precise).

The Tampa waste water system was simply outmatched. Streets were flooded as were many homes and cars and it only got worse. In the oncoming days a low pressure system stalled over the Tampa bay area. Many motorists were stranded as their cars were incapable of traversing the flooded streets and became disabled.

The flood damage restoration experts at RestoreALL want to provide the residents of Tampa bay with a beginner’s of how to begin recovering from a flood should they find home or business has been flooded.

Here are eight steps you can take if toward recovery after a flood.

  • Once floodwater has receded, it’s time to begin the recovery process. Here’s eight steps you can take to begin restoring your home or business.
  • If your home or business has experienced flood damage call your insurance agent to start a claim.
  • Call an experienced, reputable disaster restoration company. Here’s the number for one we highly recommend: 813.882.4921
  • Analyze your home or business for structural damage on the exterior first, then the interior. Look for cracks or other signs of structural problems along the foundation and exterior walls. The last thing you want is after entering the domain is to be the victim of a structural failure.
  • Document any floodwater in your home by taking photos and/or video and save any damaged personal property.
  • Document all damaged or lost items and include receipts. If some damaged items may need to be disposed of be sure to keep the photos taken of them.
  • Do not turn the power on until an expert has inspected your home or business electrical system and deemed it safe.
  • Do not assume tap water is safe to consume or bath in. Boil water for these purposes until authorities tell you that your water supply is safe.
  • Remove wet contents immediately. If the weather outside is not moisture rich then open windows to facilitate drying and prevent mold growth.
  • Flood water can mix with household chemicals and sewage and become caustic so always wear gloves and boots to clean and disinfect. Wet items should be cleaned with bleach, completely dried, and watched for several days for any mold growth.