Tips to Help Minimize Flood Damage
Tips to Help Minimize Flood Damage
Yearly heavy rainstorms cause floodwaters to intrude buildings of any size. Homeowners and business owners are forced to face the aftermath of water-damaged structures. Our Dry Kings Response Team has trained crews ready to assist, when a rainstorm should hit the Bay area. To prevent unnecessary secondary damages, it is critical to act quickly within the first several days after a disaster. Many building owners are not aware of the severity of structural damage water the might have caused and wait too long before they call for help. Within 3 days mold and mildew can develop and water damage compromises the integrity of various building materials.
“The first days after a water damage are so crucial to keep the restoration cost down. The faster a building owner responds, the higher the chance that primary and secondary damage can be minimized. It is our main goal to recover as much of the affected area as possible, but that is only possible if the restoration process is started within 3 days of the loss” says Matthew Sharpe, CEO of Dry Kings Restoration. “Most water damaged properties require professional equipment and trained experts to mitigate the damage successfully and sustainably. It is unlikely that a building will dry out itself , without proper dehumdification, the set up of specialty drying equipment and the removal of unsalvageable building materials.”
Only enter your building once the authorities have said it is safe to do so. Ensure your electricity is turned off before entering the flooded structure. If the water is considered “clean” water – means if it is not contaminated (like groundwater or sewage backup) you can start removing wet upholstery and pillow cushions for drying. To protect your furniture from further damage you can place aluminum foil or wood blocks between the legs and the floor. Move any valuable contents, like paintings or art objects to a safe, to a dry place. You can wipe excess water from wood furniture and surfaces with a microfiber clothes or sponge.
If the water has entered the building through the overflow of a creek, stream or river, it is considered to be contaminated water, called "black water". This type of water is considered hazardous to your health. Avoid contact with the affected area and contents as much as possible. Take caution while entering your home, and wear protective clothing and closed shoes when dealing with flooded areas. Through away all foods and perishable items that might have come into contact with flood waters.
For more safety and restoration tips, contact our Dry Kings Restoration team at (415) 993-1298.
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