Fires, hurricanes and broken pipes are disasters that tax you physically, mentally and financially. As soon as you know you and your family are safe, turn your attention to debris removal and repairs. Immediately assess if you are willing and able to handle the clean-up on your own. Logically work through the steps and engage professionals as needed.
Temporary and Protective Measures- Secure the Property
As the homeowner, it’s your responsibility to secure the property so that no additional damage occurs. Put boards over broken windows and secure a tarp as protection if the roof has been damaged. Take photographs to prove to the insurance company that you have done everything possible to protect your home against further damage.
Move Damaged Items
Before they can add to the smelly mess, take those damaged items out of the house and out to the curb. While it can be grueling and even nasty work, removing water-logged or smoke damaged items is incredibly time-consuming. The water mitigation professionals will do this for you, but the cost can add up. When possible, do as much of this yourself as you can, and save the money for something else.
Dry Out Your Home
Are you able to use a shop vac to remove standing water? Several factors will determine if you need professional help including 1) do you have safe access to electricity? 2) can you move quicker than mold can grow? 3) is the amount realistic? and 4) is your time better spent on other activities? If any of these answers is “no” you need to call a specialist.
Clean and Disinfect
Once the water and damaged contents are out, salvage what is left. Smaller, non-porous surfaces can be treated with a bleach and water solution. Wear old clothes, wear gloves and ventilate the room. If absorptive fabric items have not been contaminated with flood waters, wash with detergent and a little vinegar to prevent mildew.
Get the Air Moving
The best tip is a free tip: lots of sunshine and fresh air. Bacterial and microbial growth can begin forming in 48–72 hours. Open windows and place fans for maximum cross ventilation. Running a dehumidifier will also help remove humidity from the air.
Call for Help on Large Areas
Disturbing big infestations of mold can be bad for your health, particularly if you are an allergy sufferer or have a weakened immune system. When you discover an extensive mold problem, it is recommended that you use the rigorous protective measures, or consider calling in a professional to handle the problem of how to remove mold.
If you have the skill, tool and time, the demolition work can serve as a cathartic money saver. If anything has been contaminated, you must safely remove the affected materials. Not only must carpets and pads be pulled and removed from the home, baseboard and drywall will have to be cut and removed. Be very careful with tile that was there before you moved in; your home could have asbestos tiles that will require professional abatement. Generally, with this kind of loss, floor tiles should be removed since the water will surely have gotten underneath the tiles.
Let the Project Scale Dictate Resources
Now that the immediate disaster has passed, how will you rebuild? When you contact professionals to perform reconstruction services, be realistic about how much you want to delegate.Certified professionals are trained to prevent additional damage to your property while the reconstruction plans are put in place.
Instead of hiring separate contractors to restore and rebuild a damaged building, consider retaining the company that handled the initial disaster response to provide continuity. By supervising a full range of restoration services, you could get back into your home quicker., insurance claims could be smoother, and you might sleep better. Century Construction Services provides free estimates for both disaster recovery construction and restoration services.