Information to have on hand in case of a flood

Information to have on hand in case of a flood.

This was shared with me after Harvey.  It is worth repeating.

Resources for figuring out What Next, after a Flood!
Things I wish I knew before I had to clean up my house after a flood
If you have flood insurance, take pictures of everything before cleanup. Take too many pictures.

• Put the AC on Low, about 66 F. This will help draw out moisture from your house.

• Make sure you have large black garbage bags for trash. There will be a lot.

• Purchase a few cheap Floor Fans ($20 each) and one dehumidifier. Let them run for weeks along with your ceiling fans. Get to Home Depot ASAP.

• The city will pick up any trash you put on the street but it will take a good while. There will be large piles in your street for weeks.

• You can purchase small “Dumpster Bags” at Home Depot for wet sheetrock and insulation or put it in garbage bags. They have a hard time picking up wet sheetrock that is not bagged but they can and will do it. If it is a big job, rent a dumpster.

• You can hang clothes and linens on your fence outside to dry and wash them later at a friend’s house.

• If you want to save furniture and let it dry out, put it in the back yard in the sun.

• If you have Tile Floors, this is a good place to store household items and furniture while you deal with wet carpet and wooden floors. Flooding does not hurt tile floors usually.

• Slice up the wet carpet and padding in strips that you can roll up and carry to the street. If you have flood insurance, save a 1-foot square piece.

• Some wood floors survive a flood. Not many. You can wait a few days to see how they make out. Most will buckle and warp. Interior doors may also survive but will “swell” until they dry up.

• Remove the carpet “Tack Strips” with a small pry bar but wear shoes and wear gloves. The nails here are very, very sharp.

• Clean the bare concrete floor with bleach/soap and a mop then let it dry. Every square inch of the first floor will have to be mopped sooner or later.

• To remove sheetrock, take off the baseboards (some people try and re-use them), light switch and plug outlet covers first. Baseboards are not a lot of money.

• Most people cut sheetrock ~49 inches from the floor so you can put in new 4 x 8-foot sheets later. Try and get all the sheetrock and insulation out in the first few days or green and black mold will grow.

• Kitchen and bathroom cabinets can sometimes survive a flood unless they are particleboard.

• If you do see mold, it wipes off with bleach/soapy water and a rag. Let the brick backer board and 2 x 4 studs dry and then spray on a product called “Mold Control” sold at Lowes. You will need a hand pump sprayer. “Mold Control” is better than bleach to stop mold from coming back. This also must dry before putting in new insulation.

• There is often wet insulation around your built-in shower. You can get to it from the bedrooms sometimes. You can often get to wet insulation by cutting sheetrock in the garage.

• There will be wet insulation behind some kitchen and bathroom cabinets. You can get to it by cutting out the back panels inside your cabinets. You can repair this later with new panels. You can also drill small 1-inch holes in the back panels to lets the insulation dry. Place a fan here to blow air. (second-best option)

• Flood insurance does not pay for lawnmowers. Dump out all the oil and gas. Remove the spark plug and pull the rope a few times. Turn it upside down and let it dry out a couple of days. Replace the oil, gas, and sparkplug. It may or may not startup.
MORE FEMA tips!
FEMA advise-The FEMA adjuster made it to my parents’ house. I wanted to share somethings we learned for those of you who are waiting on FEMA or for those who are helping someone clean up and that person may file a claim.
1. You cannot cut more than 2 feet of Sheetrock until the adjuster shows up

2. The waterline on the walls must be visible (do not cut above the water line if it’s less than 2 feet)

3. You can remove flooring, but you must leave a section of flooring in each room

4. Any furniture you are going to make a claim for must stay in the house

5. Any item you are going to make a claim for cannot be thrown away. It must be kept so the adjuster can look at it, touch it, see it

6. The pictures you take of the items in which you are going to make a claim for has to be horizontal (due to their computer program) 🙄

7. When you take a picture, it must show the water damage, the brand of the item and if possible the model number

8. Don’t leave claim items out in the elements. You have to show you took steps to preserve the item. Right now we have things in garbage bags with a tarp over it. The adjuster didn’t seem to have a problem with it

9. You will be sent a spreadsheet that contains the following fields-item, quantity, brand, serial number, item description, item age, room, item condition, cost to replace (pre-tax)
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