Cleaning Up After a Storm

“April showers” are sometimes much more than just a bit of rain. Spring weather can include a wide selection of weather activities, such as severe storms with powerful winds that can cause critical damage. Or — heavy rain that leads to over-the-ground flood, or perhaps flooding from rivers and streams.

Intense spring weather can thus result in costly storm damage restoration. So, when the storm is over, it is important to know what to do, and what NOT to do. If you’ve experienced storm damage of any size, follow these crucial storm damage restoration tips.

Insurance

Homeowner’s insurance normally covers sudden, accidental harm. Or, a tree falls onto your home and damages your roof. In such circumstances, your homeowner’s policy will generally cover the expenses.

But, some homeowner’s policies may have windstorm and hail exclusions. That means your policy will not cover damage due to those perils. To find out about any exceptions to your policy, read your policy or speak to your agent.

Additionally, flooding from natural disasters is usually not covered. For that, you will need different flood insurance which you may get from The National Flood Insurance Program.

First of all, ensure your safety when checking for home damage. Watch out for fallen power lines, standing water that may be electrically charged, and wild creatures.

Plumbing

  • Assess pipes inside and outside of your home (i.e., irrigation methods).
  • Close the water valves to bathrooms and sinks.
  • If sewage is backing up in the shower or beneath the bathroom, your main sewer line might be clogged or broken. So, don’t make the issue worse by using different sinks or toilets. Call an expert for aid.
  • Call an expert builder. They possess the skills, tools, and equipment to do the work safely and correctly following a storm and a damage restoration program.
  • Have them do a temporary “fix” to stop rain from coming in until a permanent solution can be arranged.

Electric

  • Appliances exposed to water ought to be disconnected from their power source and serviced before being used.
  • Check for frayed cables and await sparks. Keep the power off as there is the possibility of electrocution if you turn the power on yourself.
  • Exterior breaker boxes are generally rain-tight but might not withstand a significant storm. They may carry a charge from fallen or dangling utility wires.
  • When a tree or limb has fallen on a power line near your house, switch off the power and call the utility company. Don’t try to cut or clear fallen trees that are about power lines yourself!

Flooding

  • For flooding issues, the best strategy would be to call professional damage restoration services. They have the essential tools, qualified technicians, and understanding to deal with flooding damage.
  • In case you decide to do-it-yourself, take precautions and wear boots, gloves, eye protection, and a respirator.
  • Minimize the harm by removing standing water.
  • Use a vacuum just if it’s an actual wet-dry vacuum cleaner.
  • Eliminate everything absorbent that’s been contaminated by floodwater (carpeting, carpet padding, furniture, curtains, etc.).
  • Use air movers and dehumidifiers to dry outside the area.
  • Throw away all medicines, cosmetics, and meals, even canned products, if they’ve been submerged in floodwaters.
  • Check for hidden moisture from wallboards, and take out damaged parts to prevent mold.
  • Clean floors and cabinets by simply washing them with detergent, then disinfect with a disinfectant from the grocery store or hardware store.
  • Remember, maintain a photographic (or video) stock of whatever you have to throw out.

Automobiles

  • If a car is damaged, always notify your insurance agent.
  • Cover broken windows in the event the vehicle appears salvageable.
  • List valuables in your car which have been damaged or lost.

Scam alert

Unfortunately, storms and natural disasters bring out those who take advantage of the circumstance. But by following a few practical guidelines, you can help protect yourself from Another loss:

  • Attempt to work with local or known contractors.
  • Do not pay for work until it is finished and you are satisfied. Purchase a check or credit card.
  • Beware of a builder who tries to pressure you. When an offer is just good “now or not,” find somebody else.
  • Get written estimates for all proposed work which include proposed scopes and costs.
  • Additionally, beware of charity scams that may utilize a storm to make their pleas for contributions more plausible. Only give to organizations you know and recognize.

For professional flood repair services, contact PuroClean

Regardless of the circumstances — damage from storms or floods, fire, smoke, or mold, phone PuroClean. Our mitigation specialists are standing by to offer storm damage recovery to return the house to a pre-loss condition. They are well-trained and utilize the most recent state-of-the-art science. We can help you determine the full extent of the damage and perform services following industry standards and best practices. Check out water damage restoration West Linn for more information.