Extreme weather conditions can cause flash flooding but seasonal flooding is a common occurrence in certain parts of the province as well.
Often times in the aftermath of a flood homeowners may rush to get back into their home as soon as possible which is understandable but it can be a health and safety hazard.
Here are 8 things that you should do if your home has been flooded.
Use extreme caution when returning to your home. Flood waters can bring debris and cause ground/structural damage making it a safety concern.
If the main power switch to your home was not turned off prior to the flooding - do not re-enter your home until a licensed electrician has determined that it is safe to. No one wants to get electrocuted.
Once inside your home, check for buckled walls or floors, broken glass or dangerous debris. Flooding can cause structural damage that makes it unsafe to be in the home so be extra careful.
Flood water can be contaminated with sewage and other pollutants so if you suspect your drinking/bathing water is affected do not use it. Dealing with the aftermath of a flood is hard enough without being sick on top of it!
Flood damaged items like rugs, clothing, furniture and other belongings will have to be discarded. Check your local regulations on disposal methods.
Have any appliances that were flooded - cleaned, dried and tested by a licensed electrician to ensure they are safe. Appliances that have been flooded can be a shock or fire hazard.
Have the main electrical panel cleaned, dried and tested by a licensed electrician. You don't want to end up like Tim "the tool man" Taylor.
Store any important papers that have been damaged in a freezer to prevent further damage. Place each piece of the document in a ziploc bag and stack them flat in a freezer. This will preserve them until you can determine if replacements are needed, the information needs to be retained or the original document must be kept.