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4 Simple Tips to Quickly Recover After a Flood

4 Simple Tips to Quickly Recover After a Flood


#1 Safety

  • Falls: When treading through large amounts of standing water, your risk for a fall injury is high especially for someone with an unsteady gate. You should always ensure you have a stable object or person to hold onto in the case that you are struggling to exit the affected area. 
  • Contaminants: When flooding occurs, sometimes the location is unknown. This means that the water entering your home could be contaminated. Groundwater can contain harmful bacteria and even hazardous materials. Although you may think groundwater is clean, it can contain raw sewage, bacteria, chemicals (such as oil), and many other toxic materials. Flood water could also contain debris and sharp objects which can result in serious injury if not careful. Without proper knowledge or safety training, attempting to deal with flood waters yourself can be very risky. 
  • Electrocution: Electrical currents and standing water are never safe. When experiencing a flood, there can be a risk of electrocution. No one should enter the home until the main power source has been shut off to ensure safety.

#2 Call Your Insurance Company

At the first signs of a flood, file a claim! Appliance malfunctions, busted pipes and leaks may be covered by your insurance! Unfortunately, flooding caused by phenomenon’s may not be covered, unless you have a separate policy for that. No matter your coverage, it is still very important your insurance company and agent are notified as soon as possible. 

#3 Document Any Visible Damage

You may want to begin going through your things as soon as the damage occurs however it’s best to document all your items first by taking photos and videos of the damage as you’ll want to claim those items with insurance. Buchanan Restoration also ensures we take as many photos as possible to ensure damage is thoroughly documented and insurance has everything that they need to ensure you get maximum coverage. The insurance company will commonly ask for proof. We will be able to provide proper documentation of the property to your insurance adjuster during the restoration process and work on your behalf so little to no cost is out of pocket to us! 

#4 Call Buchanan Restoration!

When water sits on the floor and walls for too long, it can cause rotting and mold. Our team is trained to deal with any issues and have the knowledge to return your home to its former glory after such disasters. It is important you have someone begin cleanup and dry out as soon as possible to ensure damage is minimal to the structure of your home or business. Buchanan Restoration will remove standing water, mop up any remaining wetness then use fans and dehumidifiers to speed up the drying process if the use of electricity is safe.

  •  Mitigate Mold: If exposed, mold may lead to health issues that could cause long lasting effects. We will ensure the area is completely dry then remove all affected items that cannot be salvaged including flooring, sheetrock, paneling and even furniture. Once the demolition process is complete and your home is rid of any mold or moisture, we will put it back together! Since we offer reconstruction as well, we will ensure all the construction is finished and cleaned up before leaving! You won’t have to lift a finger.

When choosing Buchanan Restoration, you’ll be happy to know that we are highly trained in handling your dry out and clean up. We will regularly monitor and document the drying progress and clean/disinfect as needed. Our goal is to get your property restored as quickly as possible to ensure the transition from disaster to normalcy is smooth for you.  

If you experience a disaster, our team promises a brisk response time! We offer 24/7/365 services and have someone ready to help you at any time!