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Recovering From A Flood

by Jurjen Zandvliet

"Texas Flood" is more than a Stevie Ray Vaughn song. Recent torrential rains in Texas have left the inhabitants with a horrible cleanup job to accomplish. Texas had enough rainfall in May 2015 for the entire state to be covered in eight inches of water. Texas is an extreme example of flood damage, but anyone forced out of their homes by flooding will face an intensive cleanup process.

Power

Once you have returned home after the flood, you will probably need generators to provide power. Be aware that they give off toxic exhaust and need to be located away from vents, windows, doors, and other openings to your home. Do not put the generators in garages or sheds, either. A carbon monoxide problem can develop quickly and prove deadly to you and your family. 

Water

The flood water is contaminated with debris and sewage, so you need to avoid it as much as possible. Contact with the water can cause intestinal issues, headaches, and other physical discomforts. Also, when contaminated water enters a skin opening, an infection can develop. If you cannot avoid coming in contact with flood water, be certain to wear boots, gloves, and other protective clothing. 

If you have a well, do not turn on the pump because you may receive an electric shock. Even after the pump has been determined safe to use by the local power company, do not drink the well water until it has been tested and found safe.

Septic Systems

You will want to begin using your bathroom facilities as soon as possible, but you may need to use temporary toilets if your septic tank is flooded. If you suspect damage to your system, you need to call a professional service like Fyle's Honey Wagon to inspect and clean your tank. The flood will likely have filled your system with silt and other debris that will require sewage pumps to clear. The service people also will be able to determine if the system incurred any other damage, including blocked outlets and drainage field damage.

Having your home flood is a dangerous and traumatic experience that requires a complicated recovery process. You will have to address water, power, and sewage issues before you can even begin to repair much of the damage done to your home. Be careful and only attempt to repair what you are qualified to do. Most electrical, gas, and sewage issues need professional attention.

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