Emergency Restoration Tips
If your home sustains damage from a disaster, such as a flood or fire, it is tempting to try to restore all your personal belongings to their original condition and quickly return to normal. However, there are certain steps that need to be taken to properly recover material and stay safe during a natural disaster.
Water damage is a relatively common form of natural disaster because it is the result of a variety of sources: burst pipes, poor drainage, flooding, leaks, and more. The best way to recover your home and possessions from water damage is to call a water mitigation professional, but there are things you can do instead of these services.
Allow your home and possessions to dry out after the initial water damage. Use a wet or dry shop vac to vacuum standing water and only if an electrician has confirmed the electricity is safe to use. Remove standing water from flat surfaces by blotting it with a towel. Open your doors, windows, closets, drawers, and cabinets for air circulation. Keep drapes off the wet floor and leave the air conditioning on.
Put wet books and documents in the freezer to prevent mold and mildew growth until you can begin the drying process. Wear appropriate clothing and safety gear while attempting to recover belongings in your damaged home. Make sure the electricity is off before entering rooms with standing water and clear the floor of water and moisture before using any appliances.
It is best to consult a water damage restoration professional about if your house is safe to occupy and what activities are safe to perform. For example, wet objects and materials are heavy, so only carry what you can handle.
Fires are often considered the most dangerous natural disaster because they can quickly spread and threaten the lives of residents and emergency responders. It’s easy to picture the worst when you experience fire damage, but fires that are put out before they spread to the entire house often cause minimal damage. Multiple rooms may be passable or undamaged completely.
Have the fire department or a fire damage restoration professional inspect your home for structural damage before you enter the home. If your property is indeed safe and you want to restore your belongings yourself, begin by inspecting them thoroughly. Food that was contaminated by flames, smoke, debris, or water used by the fire department should be thrown away. Dishes, silverware, clothing, carpeting, and furniture should be cleaned thoroughly before reuse.
Wear safety gear like long sleeves, pants, gloves, a mask, and safety glasses during the inspection process. Don’t attempt to clean ceilings, walls, carpet, upholstery, and other surfaces yourself and don’t turn on any appliances or electronics until they are inspected by a professional.
Water damage is the main source of mold growth in homes and businesses. Mold growth is a serious issue for homeowners because it can cause structural damage to the building and trigger serious health issues. The biggest indicators of mold present on your property is excessive humidity, unpleasant odors, previous water damage, and visible mold.
The best way to remove mold is to identify its presence in your home and call a mold remediation professional to remove it. There is no safe way for a homeowner to remove mold without proper attire and training because mold spores can be easily disturbed and spread.
Sewage and Flood Damage
Flooding is the leading cause of property damage in America, but unfortunately, many homeowners don’t have flood insurance. Water damage, contamination, and the introduction of sewage to your property is what makes floods so damaging to homes. Any item that encounters sewage should be considered contaminated and thrown away due to the parasitic, bacterial, and viral diseases that are associated with sewage.
Keep pets and kids away from the contaminated areas or the entire property until the remediation process is complete. It is important to keep damp areas dry for 48 hours after the initial water damage to prevent mold growth. Do not attempt to use your own products or sprays to clean the contaminated areas because it will likely harm the property rather than help.
Your best course of action is to call a professional to remove flood and sewage, but there are certain things you can do to alleviate the damage before the remediation process begins. Blot and mop excess water, turn on air conditioning for maximum drying and remove valuable objects and personal belongings to a safe place.
There are several things you can do to prepare for emergency restoration when your property sustains damage from a natural disaster. It is important to call a disaster restoration professional if you feel overwhelmed or even if you want advice on how to properly restore your personal belongings. We will provide restoration services to buildings affected by water damage, fire damage, mold growth, and sewage.