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Important steps you must take before returning to flood-damaged home

Many homeowners are eager to return to their homes after recent flooding, but there are important steps you must take when dealing with the damage. Many homeowners are eager to return to their homes after recent flooding, but there are important steps you must take when dealing with the damage.
Nearly 100 homes were damaged in Lee county after last week's heavy rains. Nearly 100 homes were damaged in Lee county after last week's heavy rains.
Kyle Carter Kyle Carter
LEE CO., GA (WALB) -

With nearly 100 homes damaged in Lee county after last week's heavy rains, many homeowners are eager to get back into their houses. 

But ServPro of Albany president Kyle Carter said there are important steps you need to take before re-entering. 

Excess moisture and standing water can contribute to mold growing in homes.

After flooding occurs, there is a higher risk for items to soak up viruses and bacteria from the water. 

Carter said you should document the damage and increase ventilation to help speed up the drying process. 

"It's not always obvious what is wet in the home," he said.  "A lot of times people try to cut out the sheetrock, but they forget about insulation that is hidden in the walls and they forget about water that may be under a cabinet or under a floor." 

Carter suggests contacting a service to make sure your home is safe before re-entering. 

He also warns homeowners to wear boots and gloves when handling contaminated items.

Also, homeowners should make sure the electricity is off before going back inside. 

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