How to clean up after a flood hits your home

How to clean up after a flood hits your home
 OMG Ellie 3/27/2019 8:44 AM

Anytime your life is uprooted by a natural disaster, it can take a toll on your emotional and physical health. Unfortunately, part of being a homeowner is dealing with the unexpected events that can occur, such as flash flooding and the hidden costs that come along with them.

If you are a victim of the flooding in Nebraska, please call the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency Flood hotline (NEMA) at 402.817.1551 or visit their webpage to see the nearest shelters around Omaha.

Our team has comprised a list of steps to know what to do in a flood, how to clean up after a flood and how to prepare for the restoration after you have been cleared to return to your home.

First, you should document the damage.

To begin the documentation process there are a couple different ways you can do this, such as taking pictures, video or making lists of the damage. In some cases, you may even want to take physical evidence of damage and set it aside for when you deal with an adjuster from your insurance company.

Second, start the cleaning process.

Knowing how to clean up after a flood is an important step in being aware of the contaminants in the water. Often times, when a flood happens water can become contaminated by sewage that gets swept away with the rest of the water.

To ensure that your water is safe, consult with the right professionals. These are the resources available to those in the Nebraska area:

While reentering your home, follow these steps to safely and properly clean out your home:

  • Remove any water or any other damaged contents from home
  • Throw away unsafe food or belongings
  • Dry out your home by opening all doors, windows and cabinets to prevent mold from growing.
  • Do not use water around your house unless it has been cleared by a professional.
  • If you are concerned your home has mold, hire the proper professionals to treat the mold before reentering.

Third, you need to make a claim to your insurance company.

Although filing a claim seems easy, it’s important to contact the right people to make sure you are getting the best coverage. To file a claim you should contact your local insurance agency to setup an appointment with an adjuster. Once, the appointment is made the adjuster will come assess the damage and look at your documented files and give you an estimate of the damage.

From there you can consult with a home inspector or contractor to begin the rebuilding process.

Another option for those who have been affected by flood is to call FEMA at 1.800.621.3362 or make a claim by clicking here.

Lastly, it’s time to start the recovery and restoration process.

Although the process of recovering your home can be a difficult process, there are plenty of resources out there to help you, such as:

  • Call the Crisis Cleanup Hotline, 402.556.2476 for more information on debris pickup.
  • Farmers with lost livestock or machinery should contact the Farm Service Agency office.

Even if it's not always easy to know what to do in a flood, having access to resources that can help rebuild your life is a valuable resource that victims can utilize.   

For anyone who lost their homes to the flooding in Nebraska and are looking to buy a new home please contact The Fairfield Team and let us help you find a home in your hour of need.