Make sure it's safe
Before entering a building where flood damage may have occurred, make sure it's safe: check for electrical hazards and structural damage, and use proper protective gear like boots, gloves and respirators.
Then follow these tips:
- Act quickly. the severity of damage escalates the longer water sits and building materials stay wet, so time is of the essence. Mold will grow within 48-72 hours, so aim to start removing water and drying the environment within 48 hours.
- Have professionals, like SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County on hand to call and understand your insurance policy.
- Access damage to items and materials along with the type of water absorbed by items, such as rainwater, water from broke pipes, contaminated river water or bacteria-filled sewage.
- Conduct a thorough cleaning. SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County has the equipment and proper cleaning chemicals to clean and sanitize your home as well as the drying equipment to properly dry your home.