Keep Your Family Safe After A Flood By Having These Four Inspections Done Before Moving Back Into It
After an area is flooded, many homeowners cannot wait to return home as soon as the authorities deem the area safe to reenter. It is important to realize that just because the water has left your home, it doesn't mean that your house is a safe place to stay right away. The guide below walks you through a few things that need to be inspected before you can live in your home again after it has been flooded.
The Structural Integrity
The first thing that needs to be done is the foundation and framing of the home need to be inspected. The foundation can become weakened when it is submerged in water for an extended period of time. When the support beams that create the framing of the home are exposed to massive amounts of water for a long time, it can also cause the framing to weaken and eventually break or disintegrate.
The Electrical Components
When the electrical components are exposed to water for an extended period of time, there is a good chance that they could short-circuit and cause a fire to break out in the home. An electrician needs to come to your home and inspect the wiring, the electrical box, and all of the fuses to make sure that anything exposed to water can be replaced before the electricity is used in the house.
The plumbing in the home needs to be inspected to make sure that no animals have taken up residence in them. There are many times when animals try to hide in pipes to escape from the water or are pushed into the pipes through the excessive amounts of water. A plumber can inspect the pipes to let you know if there is a blockage and remove it if there is one.
The Walls and Flooring
The walls and the flooring need to be replaced and repaired to make sure that mold does not grow in the house. The mold that can develop can be very hazardous to your health, so you want to be sure that everything is removed by professionals and cleaned properly for maximum safety.
After all of these inspections have been done, you can rest at ease that you and your family can move back into the home safely. Failure to have these inspections done can lead to someone getting hurt or even killed. The inspections can be done in a very short period of time and the cost can often be covered by your homeowner's insurance.