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What you need to know when repairing your home

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DENHAM SPRINGS - Rick Foster, a building official for Denham Springs, took WBRZ News 2 cameras on a tour of his flood damaged home to explain what residents need to know when repairing their homes.

Watch the video above for Foster's full explanation, but here are a few important points:

-Check with building permit officials to make sure your house does not require elevating due to updated flood regulations.

-After removing wet materials, give your house time to fully dry before replacing drywall or flooring. This could take a week.

-Use non-phosphates cleaning materials on all surfaces to fight mold, then have a certified inspector check the home.

-Power companies are in the process of restoring power. Power outlets that went under water should be replaced.

-Have certified inspectors check air conditioning units and other electrical components in the house.

-Gas meters should remain off until the utility company turns them back on.

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