Floods can ravage any structure causing severe damage, and the decisions made in those early hours are crucial.
Cleveland OH (PRWEB) June 12, 2013
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water and flood repair a nd restoration services in the United States, is offering tips to property owners on how to best stabilize their homes or businesses in the first 24 hours following flood damage. Floods can ravage any structure causing severe damage, and the decisions made in those early hours are crucial.
All damage to the home should be properly documented through photography or video records. Digital is preferred as these may be easily stored and transmitted to insurance providers. Claims without a photographic record may be severely diminished.
All flood waters should be considered contaminated, which means proper protection such as waders, long sleeves, heavy duty gloves, waterproof work boots, and eye protection. In some cases, breathing apparatus may be required.
Insurance providers should be called once the source of the flooding has been determined. Most homeowners policies do not provide coverage for flood damage from groundwater events.
Check to see if the community affected has been declared a disaster area, as this will mean additional funds and resources available to those affected. Local FEMA offices will have this information.
Water removal should begin as soon as possible to avoid further damage to the property. Water restoration companies have experience with all types of flood problems, and can be of invaluable service when it comes to water extraction and drying. The sooner the water is removed, the greater the chances for the complete repair and restoration of the home.
Mold damage should be treated immediately, as this is a problem that will only get worse with time. Again, a water and flood restoration service will offer mold remediation as a part of their stable of services.
Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of water damage repair and restoration in the country, with contractors in 30 states. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.