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A: Whether flooding or leaking has occurred, it's best to keep all pets and family members away from the affected area. Try your best to minimize stress and discomfort by exposure to the damage. Before entering, determine the structural stability of the building. Where long term damage has occurred and remodeling is necessary it could be unsafe to enter. After determining it is indeed safe to enter, immediately turn off the power, gas, and water supplies to your house. Consult an electrician if you have to stand in water to shut off your main power supply as it may cause electrocution. Make sure to to use protective gear when entering a property where water damage is present to avoid exposure to mold and debris. Rubber boots and gloves, and a mask or respirator are necessary to stay protected. Be careful if there is standing water from a flood, as it may be contaminated. In addition to contamination, snakes and rats will often seek refuge in homes after a natural flood. When conducting the inspection, look for discoloration and softness in the walls, ceiling, and floor, this is indicative of a nearby leak. Check around sinks, toilets, bathtubs, showers, or any other water source in order to identify a potential leak. If you cannot find the source of the water it's best to contact a professional. Mold is your next concern as it can be hard to find and spread within 24 to 48 hours. Check the interiors of the walls for mold growth or an earthy smell. Mold can also be present in areas like crawlspaces, rafters, and air ducts. Drywall is very porous and a good place for mold to grow so prompt remediation is necessary, replace all affected drywall if renovation is desired.
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