How To Stay Safe After Your Home has been Flooded

Sad to say, natural disasters have become all too common lately. Whether you live in an area affected by the recent hurricanes or not, its good to know what we should do after our home has been flooded. catastrophe-1098490__340

Here are some important reminders of what to do immediately after your home has flooded:

  • When first entering your home, be very careful as you don’t know what you’ll encounter. The structure could be unstable, so look out for potential floor and ceiling collapse. Make sure you have the proper clothing on, such as sturdy shoes and appropriate breathing masks.
  • Do not consume food or drink water that might of come into contact with flood waters.
  • After a flood, its possible that your electrical system could be damaged. While its probable that there is no electricity in your neighborhood, you still want to make sure that you turn off the electricity to your own house as the flood water may of damaged electrical circuits. A word of caution though, if there is water you have to stand in to get to the circuit breaker, ask a professional electrician for advice first.
  • As strange as it may seem, did you know that fires pose a huge risk after a flood? This is due to electrical appliances and furnaces being under water. Chemical spills and gas leaks also are a big factor.
  • A home doesn’t just fill up with water when flooded, but also with mud and sludge. This can be very hazardous to health as it contains all kinds of bacteria and sewage. Try and remove this from your home as quickly as you are able, also don’t try to salvage absorbent building materials or mattresses etc, as these will be contaminated with bacteria.

This is just some of the first steps to staying safe after your home has been flooded. In our next blog we will consider more on this subject.

Pre-Listing Home Inspections

Want to sell your home faster and for more money? We all would. We work hard to maintain our homes and to keep them in good condition. So when it comes time to sell your home, you want as few road blocks as possible.

One of the best ways that you can prepare your home to sell is to get a pre-listing home inspection. A pre-listing home inspection allows you to find the issues with your home before a buyer’s home inspector finds them – and puts your deal in jeopardy.

Watch this short  video below to see what you can do to prepare to sell your home, and why having a pre-listing home inspection is so important. And feel free to contact us to schedule your pre-listing home inspection!

How can I improve the air quality in my home?

In our last article, we looked at the potential causes of air pollutants in our home. In this article, we will look at ways to reduce and treat these pollutants. Here are a few suggestions:

  • When using cleaning chemicals in the home, try to avoid using aerosols and opt for nontoxic cleaners, also make cat-717806__340sure you read the instructions on the bottle to make sure you use them in the appropriate way.
  • If you have pets in your home, make sure to vacuum and clean regularly, especially in areas where your pets sleep etc. Bathe and groom your pets on a regular basis.
  • Certain types of new furniture and soft furnishings contain formaldehyde and can release formaldehyde gas, try to ventilate the area. Hang your curtains and soft furnishings in a well ventilated space at first to air them out.
  • If you’re a smoker, try and smoke outside as the smoke from tobacco contains harmful chemicals.
  • Areas that can be prone to mold and damp  should be inspected regularly. Your home inspector can help you with this.
  • Certain indoor plants can also be very useful in absorbing pollutants.

As you can see, there are many things we can do to improve the air quality in our home. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have regarding the quality of air in your home.