Flood waters are dangerous and can leave a home or business highly unstable,
Cleveland OH (PRWEB) June 28, 2013
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage repair and restoration in the United States, is offering tips to homeowners on returning to their property in the wake of a flood. Flood waters are dangerous and can leave a home or business highly unstable, and certain protocols must be followed to prevent accidental injury or death.
For starters, no one should make any attempt to return to their home until the flooding has receded and the all clear given by local emergency management. Even then, care should be taken to steer clear of any debris or downed power lines. Standing water should also be avoided, as it may be deeper than it first appears.
Flood waters are extremely powerful, and perfectly capable of shifting a structure on its foundation. This can weaken the structure and make it prone to collapse, so structural integrity must be verified before any attempt is made to enter.
If the power or gas is still on, shut it off prior to entering the structure. Water and electricity provide a dangerous combination, one that could potentially be lethal. Likewise, leaking gas may cause a number of health hazards.
Be aware of broken glass or shattered wood within the home, since jagged edges account for a large percentage of the post flood injuries reported every year. Wildlife such as raccoons and snakes are also known to take refuge in flooded out structures, so caution is advised when poking through piles of debris or when moving various items.
Contact insurance providers with a detailed account of the damage, and then contact a water restoration professional to begin repairing the damage caused by the flood, as well as the restoration of the home to its pre loss condition.
Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of water damage repair and restoration service in the country, with contractors in 30 states. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.