Phoenix, Arizona (PRWEB) February 03, 2016
With El Nino creating unusual weather patterns throughout the country, the potential for flooding in Phoenix is even higher than usual. According to Tom Crismon, owner of Quick Response Restoration, the steps a homeowner takes within the first 24 hours after flooding are essential for mitigating damages and keeping costs to a minimum.
“While there are certainly aspects to flood clean up and repair that homeowners should save for the professionals, there are certain steps that they can take to help to further protect their investment,” said Crismon. “Obviously, homeowners should call their insurance companies before doing any cleanup, but cleaning up some of the mess before the professionals arrive can help minimize damage due to rot and mold.”
Before beginning cleanup, Crismon recommends taking photos of the damage to submit to the insurance company. Otherwise, the insurance company may not pay the full amount that the homeowner is entitled to receive. After obtaining approval from the insurance company, the homeowner can begin removing the water and the wet contents.
“Since mold can start forming within the first 24 to 48 hours, the homeowner plays a crucial role in preventing mold from developing,” continues Crismon. “At the same time, homeowners need to be sure to take the proper safety precautions before they start cleaning.”
Crismon notes that flood water may look clean, but can contain household chemicals, sewage or other toxins. To protect against this possibility, homeowners should wear waders and rubber gloves when cleaning up after a flood. Homeowners should also ensure there are no other hazards, such as damaged gas pipes or electrical components that could cause injury. All water and electrical sources should be turned off completely before entering the water.
“Once the proper precautions have been put in place, homeowners can begin removing water with the help of a sump pump and a wet vac,” said Crismon. “They can also help to keep mold at bay by cleaning surfaces with a non-ammonia detergent or a pine oil cleaner followed by a disinfectant made by mixing one part bleach to nine parts water.”
Quick Response Restoration is a full-service contractor specializing in insurance restoration. Owner Tom Crismon has been working in the construction industry since 1990 and obtained his GC KB-2 license in August 2006. Crismon, who has lived in the East Valley his entire life, recently started Quick Response Restoration to provide contractor services to the Phoenix area.