Flooding can be an extremely infuriating nuisance for property owners in New Jersey and surrounding areas. For most, escaping flooding is impossible – all properties are subject to it to some extent. As an owner, it can get overwhelming when multiple properties flood at the same time, so we’ve compiled some tips on how to handle it and what you should check to make sure your property hasn’t been permanently damaged.
One of the first things you should do when entering your property for the first time after a flood is to shut off all electric and water sources. You never know when a spark will fly and standing in flood waters when that happens is not a good idea. Also, be sure not to touch anything with your bare skin – you don’t know what is in the floodwater, so protect yourself. Try to open all windows and doors to start airing out the property.
Inform your insurance company of the flooding and be sure to take pictures before attempting to fix or clean anything. When you can, start getting water out of the property (you can do this through pumps, using buckets, or hiring a company to do it for you). Once the water is out, you can actually start to see where the damage lies. Inspect drywall, carpet, flooring, appliances, outlets, windows/doors, and overall structural stability.
Cleaning up after the flood is the most time-consuming part – go through each part of the property to either throw things out or repair them. Drywall will probably have to be replaced, as well as carpet if it was not allowed to dry out within 48 hours of being flooded. If the property hasn’t been able to dry out, you will most likely have a problem with molding as well. Have a professional come in to check on electricity and plumbing to ensure they are safe to use.
While it is extremely hard to prevent flooding when in a high-risk area, there are some things you can do to minimize the damage that might occur. Consider raising electrical outlets above expected floodwater levels, move appliances upstairs, install backflow valves on sewer systems, and use sandbags outside the property.
Flooding could cause damage to electricity, plumbing, and even structural issues so it’s important to assess the property as soon as it is safe to do so. Getting caught up in multiple property’s flooding issues can quickly overwhelm owners, so hiring a property management team with experience with New Jersey flooding can be incredibly helpful. C.A.B. Group has been involved in real estate building, development, and property management throughout New Jersey and it’s surrounding areas for over a decade.