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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Flood Questions Answered

11/30/2018 (Permalink)

What should I do before a flood?

  • Take photos or videos of your important possessions.
  • Post emergency telephone numbers by the phone, and teach children to dial 911.
  • Plan and practice a flood evacuation route with your family.
  • Establish an out-of-state "family contact person" and ensure that everyone in your family knows that person's name, address, and telephone number.
  • For drains, toilets, and other sewer connections, install backflow valves or plugs to prevent floodwaters from entering.

What should I do during a flood?

  • Fill bathtubs, sinks, and jugs with clean water.
  • Listen to a battery-operated radio to keep you informed.
  • If instructed, turn off all utilities at the main power switch and main gas valve.
  • If told to evacuate your home, do so immediately.
  • If waters start to rise inside your home, retreat to the highest floor, attic, or if necessary, the roof.
  • If you have come in contact with floodwaters, wash hands with soap and water.
  • Avoid walking through floodwater, as little as six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet.
  • Do not drive through a flooded area. If you come upon a flooded road, take another route. 
  • Stay away from downed power lines or electrical wires.
  • Look out for animals. 

What should I do after a flood?

If your home has suffered damage, call a restoration company, like SERVPRO of Sunrise and your insurance agent. 

  • Take photos of any water in the house, and save damaged personal property for insurance purposes.
  • Check for structural damage before reentering your home, and do not enter if a portion of the building has collapsed.
  • Upon reentering your property, do not use matches or cigarette lighters since gas may be trapped inside. If you smell gas or hear hissing, open a window quickly and call the gas company.
  • Keep power off until an electrician has inspected your system for safety.
  • Check for sewage and waterline damage. If you suspect damage, avoid using the tap, and call a plumber.
  • Throw away any food, including canned goods that has come in contact with floodwater.
  • Until local authorities declare your water supply to be safe, boil water for drinking and preparation. 

If you have suffered any water damage give us a call at 954-748-7887. We proudly serve the Sunrise, Sawgrass Mills, Tamarac and surrounding areas. 

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