Floods: Flood Damage - Inspect Your Home

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Inspecting Your Home

Experts from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) advise homeowners to use caution when re-entering their homes and to do so only after floodwaters have receded. They recommend that you visually inspect your home for any damage that could make it unsafe to enter.

What to Watch Out For

Inspect your home's foundation for cracks or other damage. Look for broken or leaking gas lines, flooded electrical circuits or submerged furnaces or electrical appliances that may be fire hazards.  

FEMA advises that fire is the most frequent hazard following floods. Check the electrical system for broken or frayed wires. If you see sparks or smell burning insulation, turn off the electricity at the main fuse box or circuit breaker. Do not attempt to get to the circuit breaker or fuse box if you have to step in water. Call an electrician for assistance. Electrical equipment should be checked and dried before being returned to service.