As we write this blog, the rain is still coming down in Houston – and there is a threat of more rain to come. The entire team at Century Construction went on standby the moment it became certain that Hurricane Harvey had its sights set on Texas. Our teams are mobilizing throughout Houston and surrounding areas, as it becomes safe to do so, to help as many homeowner and business owners as possible get the drying and rebuilding process started.
We cannot emphasize enough that it is important to wait to get the restoration and drying process started once water in your area has receded, and local authorities say it’s okay and safe to return. Safety comes first for you, your family, and our crews. Here are some simple things to remember when assessing the damage of your property:
- Be sure it’s structurally sound. Water and water damage can be deceiving. If you don’t think the property is safe, stay out.
- If you do enter, or are exposed to the water at all, be sure you protect your body. This includes rubber boots, gloves, and other personal protective gear you may have. The water is dirty. This probably goes without saying, but flood water like this often carries a whole lot of bacteria with it from overflowing sewages, runoff, overworked septic systems, and so on. Any item that’s been touched by flood water should be considered hazardous. While many porous items will have to be thrown away, don’t worry – Century Construction can likely clean and save other items in your home.
- Be mindful of electrical currents! While many places are without power and could be for some time, you never know where there would be a live wire. Because water is a conductor, it is important to avoid areas of standing water. Also keep in mind equipment and electronics that have come into contact with water could post an electrocution risk as well.
With that said, there are some things you can get together to help get the ball rolling once we can get to you!
- Secure your personal property. Boarding up the property, if necessary, is something Century Construction can help with if we can get to the site. In the meantime, just be sure things are secure.
- Take inventory. Once you get inside your home or business, start taking an inventory of everything in there – and mark what is damaged and what is not. Feel free to start taking photos for your insurance company of the water lines, the damage, the debris, and so on. Once our crews arrive on scene, we will take a smattering of photos as well, but this will give you immediate proof of the damage within your property.
- Let the pros handle the big stuff. We realize losses from Hurricane Harvey are completely overwhelming and there is likely a feeling of desperation to recover quickly. However, there are a lot of dangers lurking in these flooded properties. Century Construction has well-trained and highly skilled restoration crews who are working around the clock to start getting homes and businesses like yours dried out and the restoration process started.
Need help? Call Century Construction now!