A: If you have already experienced a flood in the past, this can mean that the potential of it happening again might be high. Surveying your property is a good step in the right direction to prevent this from happening again. Furthermore, in instances where there has been a flood, please realize that floodwater is likely contaminated, especially in flooding caused by sewer backup. The bacteria and viruses within this water may put your health at risk. If you must enter floodwater (and we recommend that you do not), make sure you wear protective clothing and a mask and leave no skin exposed to the water. Wash thoroughly after any contact with floodwater.
Items or surfaces that have been in contact with floodwater may also be contaminated. If you cannot sanitize an item exposed to floodwater, dispose of it. Some insurance policies will not cover damages until remediation is done by a qualified professional.
After a flood, mould will begin to grow at an alarming rate. The entire flood area will need to be dried and sanitized before you re-enter your home.
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