Flood Damage Checklist

From an overflowing washing machine to a full-on flash flood, at Rainbow International, we understand just how devastating a flood of any size can be to your home or business. It can be daunting to think about water removal, mold remediation and everything you need to do post flood – which is why we’ve created a checklist to guide you through everything you need to know about flood or water damage recovery.

Download our Flood Damage Checklist, and use it as you and your family or business recover from any and all flooding events.

Call (855) 724-6269 now for 24/7 emergency service.


First, What Not to Do After a Flood:

  • Do not use your home vacuum to remove water – electrical shock can result, as well as damage to the equipment.
  • Do not place newspaper to walk on in high-traffic areas – newspaper ink transfers easily to wet carpet fibers, which results in permanent staining.
  • Do not walk on wet or submerged carpet any more than necessary – this keeps damage from spreading to unaffected areas.
  • Do not try to begin the water mitigation or mold remediation process – these are time-sensitive tasks best left to the professionals.

What to Do After a Flood in Your House

If you’ve just experienced a flood, don’t delay! Respond quickly to minimize the damage to your home or business. As soon as a flood of any size occurs, we recommend taking these eight pre-restoration steps:

  1. Find out if the area is safe. If you evacuated because of a natural flooding disaster, contact local emergency first responders or FEMA to determine if it is safe to return to your neighborhood. If your basement or a single area of your home has flooded, the rest of your home is likely safe to enter.
  2. Shut down the electrical breaker in damaged areas before unplugging or removing any electrical devices from the wet carpet or submerged areas.
  3. Determine the cause of the flood. If there’s a leaky appliance or plumbing issue, turn off the main water shut-off valve and the appliance. If you can’t stop an active leak yourself, call a plumber.
  4. Begin removing standing water. Any water more than an inch deep must be removed immediately, ideally by mitigation professionals. Remove water using shop vacuums (wet-dry vacuums), mops, etc. Do not leave the vacuum unattended while plugged in, and be sure to follow all manufacturer safety instructions. Remember that electricity and water do not mix.
  5. Call Rainbow International at (855) 724-6269. We’re available 24/7, 365 days a year.
  6. Move any furniture or possessions away from the affected area (e.g., higher ground).
  7. Document the damage. Take photos of the flood and any items that have been damaged in the flood.
  8. Call your insurance company. All policies require that homeowners or businesses report their loss "as soon as reasonably possible."

With their expert water damage restoration and cleanup, mold removal and reconstruction services, local Rainbow International technicians help our customers find the rainbow on the other side of any flood damage event. If you have flood damage, don’t delay. Call (855) 724-6269 now for 24/7 emergency service.