When returning to a home that’s been flooded after a hurricane, be aware that the house may be contaminated with mold or sewage, which can cause health risks.
If you have standing water in your home and can turn off the main power from a dry location, do so, even if it delays cleaning. If you must enter standing water to access the main power switch, call an electrician to turn it off. Never turn power on or off yourself or use an electric tool or appliance while standing in water.
If the power is already off, have an electrician check the house’s electrical system before turning the power on again.
To begin clean-up of a flooded home it is recommended to use a wet-dry shop vacuum or an electric-powered water transfer pump to remove standing water. Remember to wear rubber boots.
If weather permits, open windows and doors to aid in the drying-out process. Also use fans and humidifiers to remove excess moisture.
It is also recommended to have the home heating, ventilating and air-conditioning system checked and cleaned by a maintenance or service professional.