As spring storm season kicks into high gear in North Texas, flash floods are an all-too-common occurrence
Arlington, TX (PRWEB) March 30, 2012
ServiceMaster Clean, a water damage and disaster restoration company serving Arlington, Texas, and surrounding areas of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, today released a five-step plan for homeowners and local businesses to respond to flood damage.
"As spring storm season kicks into high gear in North Texas, flash floods are an all-too-common occurrence," says Gary Dennington, owner of ServiceMaster Clean in Arlington. "While you can't prevent flooding rains, there are important steps you can -- and should -- take to minimize the damage."
Dennington recommends following these five tips:
1) PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST MOLD AND DANGEROUS BACTERIA. Before even setting foot in your flooded home or business, put on long sleeves, pants, gloves and boots. If you suspect that you have a large presence of mold, you may want to wear a respirator. To avoid mold, dry or throw away wet items within 24 to 48 hours. Even then, mold can be hidden in drywall, HVAC systems and carpeting. You may need a mold remediation expert, such as ServiceMaster Clean, to assess the situation. If mold is found, your provider may need to cut away damp drywall, sand the wood, and take other necessary steps to eradicate the mold completely.
2) REMOVE EXCESS WATER. If the flood damage is minor, remove as much water as possible by mopping and blotting. Wipe your furniture dry, and move photos, paintings and other art to a safe, dry location. Lift draperies off the carpet, loop through a coat hanger, and place the hanger on the drapery rod. Prop up wet furniture cushions so they dry evenly, and insert small wooden blocks or aluminum foil under furniture legs. Remove wet area rugs or other floor coverings, and open closet doors, furniture drawers and luggage to speed up the drying process. Hang fur and leather items to dry separately at room temperature. Dry any remaining wet fabrics as soon as possible. Also remove any damp books from shelves, and spread out to dry.
3) PAY ATTENTION TO THE AIR. Lots of water can create lots of humidity. So if the outside temperature is higher than 60 degrees, use dehumidifiers. You can also use fans to circulate the air and enhance drying. If your water damage occurs during a cold season, turn on the heat. If it happens during the summer, air conditioning will help prevent excess humidity.
4) KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS. Thankfully, catastrophes don't come every day. However, their infrequency means you may be unprepared to deal with the aftermath. Take care that you apply good common sense when in the flooded area. For example, don't use an ordinary household vacuum to remove water. Don't use electrical appliances on wet floors or carpet. And definitely don't enter rooms with standing water if the electricity is on.
5) CALL A RESPECTED WATER DAMAGE RESTORATION PROFESSIONAL. You need professional help to deal with the full impact of a flood. Remember, damage from the water and bacteria growth can begin within hours. So don't wait. Call a water damage restoration expert, like ServiceMaster Clean, right away to minimize your losses and prevent unnecessary mold growth.
ABOUT SERVICEMASTER CLEAN IN ARLINGTON, TEXAS
For more than 80 years, ServiceMaster Clean has served residents and businesses in Arlington, Texas, and surrounding areas, including Grand Prairie, Duncanville, Weatherford, Aledo, Desoto, Azle and South Dallas.
ServiceMaster is one of the largest individually owned disaster restoration companies in the United States. ServiceMaster partners with leading insurance companies, commercial and residential property management firms, and homeowners to restore peace of mind after fire or water damage.
Services include water damage restoration, fire and smoke damage restoration, duct cleaning, biohazard clean-up, carpet cleaning, dryer vent cleaning, floor cleaning, mold remediation and roof repair.
For more information, visit http://www.servicemaster-arlington.com or call (817) 522-3819.