While preparing your home for a natural disaster is the best way to be prepared, as a homeowner, you know that’s not always a possibility. Whether you’ve experienced flooding or fire damage, you need to know what steps to take. It’s also important for you to know what’s acceptable and what’s not. This means there are some things you need to get professional emergency cleanup help for. Below, you’ll find examples of what you should and should not do when you experience water, fire, or mold damage due to a weather-related event.
What You Should Do
When you’re preparing for a storm, you need to make sure that your gutters and downspouts are free of debris and leaves. This will help water run off your more effectively. You should also be prepared for the possibility of a power failure. If your home experiences visible water damage, make sure you check for mold as well. Fixing the source of the leak will not get rid of any mold that formed while the area was wet.
What You Shouldn’t Do
If you experience any type of damage, whether it’s flooding or an electrical fire, don’t wait for the insurance company to call you back to start taking action. Be careful not to utilize an indoor generator, or leave it in your basement. Don’t wait for leaks to happen or procrastinate with purchasing supplies. You need to be ready if the storm is expected to cause damage.
Take The Right Steps
Two things you need to do after a storm are to take pictures, and remove water immediately. Mop, vacuum, or pump out the water from the affected area as soon as you can. While you mop, remove wet items from the flooded area. Once you’ve mopped and vacuumed, you need to dry out any residual moisture in your wood, concrete, or other materials. Dehumidifiers and ventilation work great for emergency cleanup purposes. You can even mount your windows with fans in them. Be sure to unplug any electronic items and turn off the circuit breaker in the flooded area.
What to Get Rid Of
If any food, cosmetics, stuffed animals, medical supplies, or baby toys get wet, you need to throw them away immediately. It’s also important for you to note that some products cannot be dried and need to be thrown away within 24-48 hours. This includes pillows, mattresses, carpets, items containing paper, upholstered furniture, and wallboards. If you want to avoid staining your floors, put aluminum foil under your furniture legs.
Hire a Professional
Even after you’ve taken the appropriate steps to prepare and rectify storm damage, you will need to call an emergency restoration company for help. While you might have done a good job cleaning up, there can still be moisture lurking in your affected area that’s only detectable by a professional. The quicker your water and mold damage has been addressed by a team of restoration professionals, the better off you and your home will be.