Dealing with flood damage is stressful, but such a water emergency also leaves behind some unseen hazards. Many issues do not become apparent until well after the water has been extracted from a home, but they can be just as disastrous the water that caused the problem in the first place. Being a home or business owner, it is important that you know what dangers can lurk well after the water is gone. Here’s information to determine if you need additional help to get your home or business back in great shape.
Every insurance policy is different; don’t assume that your current arrangement pays for flood damage. Call your agent right away to determine coverage. People who have flood insurance through FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and whose property suffered flood damage are encouraged to contact their local insurance agent or company to file a flood insurance claim. Keep your insurance company’s toll-free phone number and policy number available; also update the agent with any working telephone number/email addresses.
Experts in Building Damage-
Depending on the volume of water that flooded your home, you may have already witnessed the effects that a water emergency can have on your building’s structure. However, any amount of water that’s allowed to sit will cause serious damage eventually ranging from cracks in the floors and fissures in your walls. Reputable remediation technicians are trained to look for these types of problems while restoring from flood damage, which can prevent unwelcome surprises in the future. Ask their advice to determine if you need a structural engineer’s assessment.
Experts in Clean Up-
Returning home after a flood can increase your risk of exposure to mold, chemical hazards, and injuries. According to the CDC, cleaning up after a flood can pose health risks. You and your family should wait to re-enter your home until professionals tell you it is safe, with no structural, electrical or other hazards. Since quick clean up time is the most important factor, do you have the resources to address the scope of the problem? You will need to completely dry everything, clean up the mold, and make sure you don’t still have a moisture problem. Lingering moisture can lead to mold on clothing, drywall, furniture, cardboard boxes, or books, but it may also be hidden under or behind items like carpet, cushions, or walls.
Experts in Mold Prevention-
This job may be too difficult or dangerous for you. It may be best to get help from experienced and qualified professionals if you can. Hire a mold inspection or remediation professional affiliated with or certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to inspect, repair, and restore the damaged parts of your home. Understanding the results can be difficult, and no matter what kind of mold is in your home, you need to clean it up and fix the moisture problem.
Even after your initial assessment, if water stains appear on ceilings or if you see (or smell mold), you have more work to do. After a remediation, there should be no signs of water damage or mold growth. You may need to ask a mold remediation professional to know whether your mold problem is completely fixed. ServiceMaster Restoration by Century provides 100% full-service water damage, fire damage, sewage damage, reconstruction, and contents cleanup on-site. Call your trusted specialists in their businesses so that you can get back you yours.