After the Flood

As soon as floodwater levels have dropped, it's time to start the recovery process.  Capital Region Builders Association (Remodelers Council of GBR) is working hard to get you the correct information you will need to get back in your home as quickly as possible.  However, it is more important to return to a home that is safe.  It is suggested that you do your homework and get the right information that has been documented as the CORRECT information.  

There are several great resources and we suggest you check these out before you go any further: Be careful listening to others who may not have the correct answers.  Right now, the most important thing you should be doing is allowing your home to DRY OUT and DRY OUT COMPLETELY.  

 LA House Resource Center:  A part of the LSU AgCenter and the research center for housing.  You will find great topics on 
Storm Damage Cleanup, Food & Water Safety After a Flood, How to Save some of your Furniture, Mold Control and More.  Click and visit the WEBSITE.

The Road to Recovery

  • If your home has suffered damage, call your insurance agent to file a claim. 
  • Check for structural damage before re-entering your home to avoid being trapped in a building collapse 
  • Take photos of any floodwater in your home and save any damaged personal property. 
  • Make a list of damaged or lost items and include their purchase date and value with receipts, and place with the inventory you took prior to the flood. Some damaged items may require disposal, so keep photographs of these items.
  • Keep power off until an electrician has inspected your system for safety. 
  • Boil water for drinking and food preparation until authorities tell you that your water supply is safe. 
  • Prevent mold by removing wet contents immediately.  The American Red Cross has a detailed booklet on what steps to take to RECOVER FROM THE FLOOD.  It is extremely helpful and has excellent information. 
  • Wear gloves and boots to clean and disinfect. Wet items should be cleaned with a pine-oil cleanser and bleach, completely dried, and monitored for several days for any fungal growth and odors.
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