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Even if you’re confident that you’ll never have to endure a flood in your Tampa, Florida, home, you should know what to do just in case the unthinkable happens. After all, you may need to act quickly to avoid costly damage. Find out what to do after a flood to stay safe and protect your home and belongings.

Enter Your Home Only When It’s Safe

Once you’ve checked in with your family and confirmed that everyone is safe, the first thing on most people’s minds after a flood is checking on the house and assessing the damage. There’s no need to put yourself in harm’s way, though. Before you open the front door or enter your home, do your best to confirm that it’s safe. Look through the windows to confirm that all floodwater has left the building and inspect the foundation for structural damage.

Watch for Gas Leaks and Fire Hazards

Even if your home is safe to enter, you could easily turn it into a dangerous environment. Leave the candles and kerosene lanterns outside and use only battery-powered lamps or flashlights to illuminate the interior. If you see or hear a gas leak, leave the premises immediately. If you can access the circuit breaker from dry ground, turn it off to limit fire hazards.

Document the Scene

You may not want to remember the extent of the flood damage, but your insurance company will want to see documentation of what happened. Snap photos of each room, including belongings, that’s suffered damage. Photograph the exterior of your home, too, especially if flood damage is visible.

Seek Professional Assistance

Once the floodwaters have receded, it’s time to start the cleanup process. At ServiceMaster Restore, we know firsthand how dangerous it can be to clean up after a flood. That;s why you shouldn’t tackle this yourself. Whether you need mold remediation or assistance with water damage, our experienced team is at your service.

Leave the post-flood cleanup to the professionals. Call the professionals at ServiceMaster Restore to tackle water damage, mold remediation, and more: 813-603-2001.

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