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6 Things to Do if You’ve Faced a Flood

Written by Jimmy Rustling

Suffering at the hands of a natural disaster like a flood can be devastating in many ways. You may have lost your belongings, your home, or even a loved one. The experience can cause serious emotional trauma too, which is important to address.

In the immediate period after the flood, there are a few important things you need to focus on – here are some of the top ones.

Document the Damage

First of all, it’s a good idea to document the damage as far as you can. It might be difficult to go through this process and take note of all that you have lost, but this step is important for insurance purposes.

Taking photographs of the result of the flood and highlighting damage to your home and belongings will help you with your claim. Try to take these pictures before you touch or move any items yourself.

Start Taking Action

Next, you’ll need to start thinking about what your next steps will be. These will differ depending on the extent of the damage to your home. You may only need to spend a few nights with a family member until things have dried out, or you might need to have a few things fixed.

There are even home restoration companies that specialise in flood services, so this could be a good option for you if there is serious damage to your home.

Allow Everything to Dry

Drying out a home after a flood can take some time. Start by removing large pools of water from your home by sweeping them out or using a bucket if necessary. Once this has been taken care of, start removing debris, spoiled food and other items that need to be thrown out.

Open windows and doors and turn on fans, if possible, to help for everything to dry out quicker.

Contact Your Insurance

Next, you’ll need to get in touch with your insurance company. It’s moments like these that having good home insurance and contents insurance is crucial. Make sure your policy covers flood damage.

If you’re struggling with technicalities with your insurance company, you can always get in touch with a flood damage attorney to help you with a settlement.

Reach Out for Help

Depending on your circumstances, you might need some serious help until you get back on your feet. Finding a place to stay, clean clothes, food and perhaps even financial assistance might be something you need to do.

Reach out to your loved ones for assistance or seek out organisations that aim to relieve those in need of help after a disaster.

Talk to Someone

Finally, make sure that you process your emotions after facing a flood. The repercussions of a natural disaster can leave a lasting impact on one’s mental health, and it’s important to talk to someone about how you’re feeling, whether it’s a close friend or a professional.

Your financial situation might be stressful after the flood, but affordable and free therapy is out there!

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Jimmy Rustling

Born at an early age, Jimmy Rustling has found solace and comfort knowing that his humble actions have made this multiverse a better place for every man, woman and child ever known to exist. Dr. Jimmy Rustling has won many awards for excellence in writing including fourteen Peabody awards and a handful of Pulitzer Prizes. When Jimmies are not being Rustled the kind Dr. enjoys being an amazing husband to his beautiful, soulmate; Anastasia, a Russian mail order bride of almost 2 months. Dr. Rustling also spends 12-15 hours each day teaching their adopted 8-year-old Syrian refugee daughter how to read and write.