Flood Damage Checklist

by ARVADA FLOOR, September 17, 2013


BOULDER – We recognize that many homes in your area were affected by recent floodwaters and people are busy filing applications for state and federal assistance to repair their homes. Please be advised, YOU MUST ACT QUICKLY to make the necessary repairs. Dangerous mold begins growing 12 hours after a flood. CALL US RIGHT NOW to minimize damage to your home. We thought you might find the following checklist helpful.

1) Never use an emergency generator indoors (including garages). Always run the generator outdoors, away from open windows and doors.
See fact sheet Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning After an Emergency.

2) Remove water soaked porous materials like wallboard, insulation, carpeting, wood paneling and wallpaper from your home.
See booklet Creating A Healthy Home: A Field Guide for Clean-up of Flooded Homes.

‰3) Dry out your home before rebuilding to prevent mold growth – open windows/doors, use fans, and dehumidifiers.
See fact sheets Get Rid of Mold and Protect Yourself from Mold after a Flood.

4) When removing water damaged materials containing mold, use a recommended respirator (N95) for protection.
See fact sheet How to Use a Disposable Respirator.

‰5) Flooded drinking water wells should be disinfected first with bleach and then tested several days later to ensure that the water is safe to drink. Flooded/damaged wells should be disinfected as detailed in the fact sheet
Flood Recovery – Restoring Water Wells.

6) ‰Flooded septic systems will need time to dry out so restrict the use of toilets, sinks, showers, and laundry to prevent sewage backups both inside and outside the home.
See fact sheet Flooded Private Sewage Systems.

7) ‰Flooded heating systems (including air ducts) should be checked by a qualified professional and repaired or replaced as necessary. If repairing or replacing your damaged heating system, check for asbestos. Follow special guidelines for removing asbestos.
See fact sheet Asbestos in Your Home.

8) Check for damages and leaks to any heating oil tank. Follow-up with your fuel supplier and local health department if odors or leaks are discovered.
See fact sheet Residential Oil Spills and Flooding: What Homeowners Need to Know.

9) Flood damaged hazardous household materials (pesticides, fertilizers, paints, varnishes) should be placed in a leak proof container and removed from the home for proper disposal.

10) For homes built before 1978, use safe work practices to avoid exposure to lead paint when removing walls, windows, and doors.
Link textSee booklet Reducing Lead Hazards When Remodeling Your Home.



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