Experiencing a flooded home is truly devastating. The amount of items that are salvageable will depend on the amount of water that enters your home and where your belongings are located. Although it is heartbreaking, if your items were exposed to substantial water they will most likely have to be thrown out. Our recommendation to save the belongings that haven’t been damaged is to move them into storage.
Report the damage to your insurance company first
Before you start preparing to move into your storage unit you should ensure that you take photographs of the damage before anything is moved or altered and call your insurance company.
Move undamaged items to a dry, safe space
Until you can get all of your belongings moved into storage ensure that they’re in a dry space. Possibly a second story, garage, or even outside if you have nowhere else to move them. Once exposed to water, the majority of your items will not be salvageable. Over time, wet items can grow mold and mildew making your living environment unsafe.
Work out all of the details for your storage unit beforehand
Make sure that you have everything worked out before the day that you need to move into your storage unit. This includes paying for your first month of rent and setup fees, getting the key and lock to your unit, and if possible visiting and opening up your unit so that you know where it is. A few more tips are to act fast on booking your unit if there has been a flood. Capacity will probably be running low due to others with flooded homes needing storage. You should also verify that the unit that the building your unit is in hasn’t flooded.
Do not pack perishables, plants, or valuables
When you begin to pack your items ensure that you aren’t packing any of the items listed above. Do not pack perishables even if they are in sealed packages. Plants are also a no due to the fact that they could bring insects into your unit. Valuables like cash, important documents, or jewelry should always be kept on your person for safety.
Ensure that all items are packaged and sealed
You should ensure that your belongings are ready to be transported to your unit. Everything except large items that cannot be packed should be boxed, sealed, and labeled. This will help keep your belongings safe while they’re in storage and it will also shorten the amount of time that you or your movers spend loading your truck and filling your storage unit.
Recovering from a flood is no small feat but, if you take it step by step, it’s not impossible. Acting fast and remaining organized are key to ensuring that you save as many of your belongings as possible by getting them safely to storage.