It can take up to several weeks to completely dry out a house after a flood, according to the National Agriculture Safety Database. When your home experiences water damage from a flood, there is a chance it could also face mold. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that buildings should be cleaned within 24 to 48 hours to best avoid mold after a disaster.
After the large pools of water are removed from your home, you can start to dispose of debris and begin the drying process. Homeowners might already have drying tools in their home, such as a dehumidifier or fans.
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Best Ways to Treat Your Home After a Flood
While it typically takes at least 12 hours to dry out a house after a flood, there are several steps that can be taken to quickly clean and treat your home after water damage:
Circulate Inside Air
As mentioned, fans and dehumidifiers are great tools to dry out your home after a flood. If you can safely use a generator, do so to power these devices. When using these tools, ensure that the windows of the home are closed to help remove the moisture. But, if you do not have a fan or dehumidifier, you can try to dry out your house by simply creating airflow into your home by opening all the doors and windows.
Clean Up Debris
Remove debris as quickly as possible, as these items could be trapping more water that can create further water damage or lead to mold. Carpet and furniture are two common items that can create mold in your home.
Discard Spoiled Food and Water
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that homeowners throw away any food that was impacted by the flood, as it could do harm to your body if eaten. You should check all the food in your home and throw it away as needed.
What You Should Know About Insurance Policies After a Flood
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), flood victims have up to 60 days to submit a Proof of Loss if they plan on using their flood insurance. Additionally, some homeowners’ insurance policies will not cover a flood. A lawyer can help you understand the coverage and specifics of your current homeowners’ insurance policy.
The Law Offices of Anidjar and Levine Can Help
The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help you pursue compensation for covered losses after a flood. Once we confirm your health and safety after a natural disaster, we can help you file a claim.
For more information on storm loss property claims, call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today at 1-800-747-3733 or reach us online. We will start your free case evaluation, help you manage your claim, and work toward a settlement.