Many times the steps taken in the immediate aftermath of a disaster can be what determine how well the structure is repaired and restored.
Cleveland OH (PRWEB) May 21, 2012
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage restoration services in the US, is offering tips to property owners on the proper steps to take in securing their home or business in the wake of water or flood damage. Many times the steps taken in the immediate aftermath of a disaster can be what determine how well the structure is repaired and restored.
Firstly, the home should be examined for structural stability. Flood waters can literally rock a home on its foundation, leaving it prone to collapse. Electricity, water, and gas should be cut off at their source, and protective gear should be worn when working in and around flood waters.
The property should be locked when no one is present in order to prevent the looting that so often takes place after a flood. Alarms may not function if the power has been knocked out.
One of the end results of flooding is the presence of mud, silt, and dirt in great amounts within the home. A shovel can be used to remove as much of these materials as possible.
Any wooden or plastic kitchen utensils should be considered contaminated and thrown away, along with most baby toys and items. Upholstered items such as furniture and carpeting may or may not be salvageable, and prompt cleaning will be required if they are to be saved.
Windows and doors should be opened in order to allow drying to begin. Drying at its core occurs as the result of the circulation of fresh air through the structure. The process may be helped along by using high velocity fans, blowers, and dehumidifiers to move as much air as possible.
Drying may take up to three days depending on the size of the water damaged area.
Valuables such as books, photos, documents, and other important possessions should be turned over to professional restoration services that can decide if the object in question can be salvaged and restored, or if it should be thrown out and replaced.
The restoration process is a long and involved one, which means that in most cases a professional water damage restoration company should be hired. These professionals will have the equipment and experience needed to handle even the most severe flood damage scenarios.
Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading water restoration providers in the country, with service in 30 states and more partners being added every month. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.