Flood Questions Answered
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.