Dryout Helps Government Mop up After Recent Storms

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Even the U.S. Government's Disaster Recovery Department can become a victim of Mother Nature. Recent storms have flooded parts of Washington, DC and surrounding areas, including Prince George County, Maryland. The Potomac River reached flood stage on Tuesday, May 13th.

An inch of basement flooding after storms of this nature is fairly common. While not terribly dramatic compared to floodwaters sweeping through city streets, the potential for serious structural damage exists. It's critical to dry out these basements ASAP.

While records have yet to be broken, May is already proving to be among the wettest Mays recorded in the region. Weary residents, businesses, and the federal government are mopping up and taking precautions for the next round of inclement weather.

Who does the United States Disaster Recovery Department call when they need help mopping up their own buildings? They call Dryout, Inc. The water damage claim came in through Dryout's Internet-based claim system, "Whole basement flooded with about one inch of water."

"We immediately received the claim and went to work," Dryout owner Mark Decherd said. "Our system is set up to instantly notify the closest Dryout affiliate for the promptest response possible."

Dryout is a nationwide network of water damage professionals restoration experts. The company holds a Trading Partner Identification Number with the U.S. Government and is a part of the Department of Defense Central Contract Registration program.

Decherd went on to explain that the company is also a regular contractor for the Army Corps of Engineers. "While we do a great deal of water damage and mold remediation work for the government, our system works exactly the same way for commercial businesses and residents. Simply fill out a short form on the Internet and get immediate relief."

The recent claim involved a flooded basement at a Disaster Recovery Department building. "An inch of basement flooding after storms of this nature is fairly common. While not terribly dramatic compared to floodwaters sweeping through city streets, the potential for serious structural damage exists. It's critical to dry out these basements ASAP."

Decherd said that only the basement and sub-basement of a Veteran's Hospital in New Orleans were flooded after Hurricane Katrina, yet that was enough to render the entire building irreparable. "The building itself survived Katrina's wrath but it didn't have a chance against the mold that grew in the hurricane's wake." This hospital was later demolished.

This basement isn't the first flooded basement Dryout will dry out, and it won't be the last. More storms are on the way and the region remains under flood watch.

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