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Ten More Things Never To Do After A Flood
This is a follow up to an earlier blog post. There are so many things that should be avoided in the aftermath of a flood it was impossible to list them all, so we are revisiting the subject today.
1) Ignoring Your Septic or Sewage System. If your home has been flooded, rest assured that your sewage system has been as well. Raw sewage can present a number of health hazards, so be sure and have your system checked before resuming any normal routines in the home.
2) Drinking Water Post Flood. Simply put, don’t drink the water. Water systems are easily contaminated during flood events. Drink bottled water until the water supply is deemed safe.
3) Lighting Candles. We’re used to candles being used in emergencies, especially in cases where the power goes out. Following a flood, however, this is inadvisable. Flood waters may contain oil or gas, both flammable, and you don’t need a fire emergency on top of the rest of your problems.
4) Forgetting Immunizations. Floods can carry disease causing bacteria or viruses, so make sure that your shots are all up to date to protect yourself from infection.
5) Forgetting The Carbon Monoxide Threat. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, invisible gas that is produced from the operation of motors or generators or gas powered heaters. Only use these items in areas with adequate ventilation, and keep a carbon monoxide detector in the home.
6) Failing To Take Pictures. Your emergency supply kit should contain a disposable camera, one you can easily pull out and use to make a photographic document of the damage to your home. This will prove invaluable when it comes to negotiations with insurance companies.
7) Not Having a Weather Safety Kit. Even small storms may knock out power for a period of several days. This can be dangerous, especially in the winter months. Have an emergency kit with enough provisions and first aid materials to last for a week or more.
8) Eating After A Flood. Food in your pantry may be contaminated following a flood. High humidity and the spread of insects may cause even the driest foods to become infested. Throw out any foods that came in contact with flood waters.
9) Pumping Out The Basement Too Soon. Even after flood waters have receded, you may still have a flooded basement. Always remember that if there is water on the inside of the basement, that there is still water on the outside. Pumping it out too soon may result in uneven pressure on the walls, and may even cause structural collapse. Not good. Pump water out slowly, on the order of about a third a day.
10) Failing To Renew Your CPR Card. First aid skills are imperative. Make sure that all certifications you have are up to date.