It may look worse than it is. Or it may be worse than it seems at first glance. The most important thing is that you get started right away. In Logan, call Sierra Restoration immediately after you have experienced a flood!
First things first! Organize your thoughts and be safe. Do not enter floodwater that is contaminated. It is always best to wait for a professional team that can help protect you and minimize the damage. When it comes to personal property, the team at Sierra Restoration can provide expert guidance and judgment when it comes to salvageable items.
No matter how horrible that mess may seem, your insurance company will need proof of what the property you owned and its value. Take photos now and when you have time, complete an accurate inventory. Underestimating what you have will result in lower compensation than what you’re entitled to.
Start in the easiest places; do a walk-through of the home with your phone camera. Also, look through existing images on your phone (or computer if you can get to it) plus any physical photos to scan the background for items of value you might have forgotten. And as a last resort, ask friends and family to look through their photos, as well.
Before you make any repairs, fully document the damage for your insurer. Digital versions can be stored electronically and easily copied. Don’t make repairs and changes before you photograph the damage–you could potentially decrease the extent of your coverage.
Mold can develop within 24 to 48 hours after a flood so remove wet contents, including carpeting, bedding, and clothes, as soon as possible. In concentrated amounts, molds can present a serious health risk and should be professionally remediated.
If an item has been wet for less than 48 hours, it may be salvageable. However, decide whether it holds enough monetary or sentimental value to try to do so. Hire a flood restoration service. Professionals can quickly assess the situation then focus time and energy on the things that can be saved.
After the experts weigh in, get the trash out of there. If it can’t be saved, organize its disposal. Find out about your community’s disaster debris guidelines. Monitor the local media or check with your area’s Department of Health, Sanitation or Waste Management. While you are waiting for pick up, all large appliances should be taped shut, locked or have doors removed to prevent a child or an animal from getting trapped.
Hazardous waste should be separated from other waste. Make sure that all lead, asbestos or mold is wrapped, labeled and disposed of in accordance with local, state and federal requirements. Construction waste, furniture, large appliances, and electronics may also have specialized disposal rules after an area flood.
Once a region has been officially declared a “disaster area” by government authorities, property owners have access to increased resources, including public services to protect and remediate the area. In addition, you may have access to financial assistance. Your insurance company will have additional information on this or check the FEMA website directly.
When strong winds, powerful storms, or floods damage your home or business, you can rely on Sierra Restoration to be ready. As licensed general contractors as well as property restoration specialists, We are equipped to handle whatever damage Mother Nature causes. Whether you are in need of structural repairs, have missing siding, or leaks in your roof, Sierra Restoration has the expertise to handle it.
Since 2010, Sierra Restoration has treated each assignment not just as a job, but as an opportunity to help a friend; customers are family at Sierra Restoration. When you contact Sierra Restoration for water damage restoration, you don’t just get a highly-experienced team that specializes in high-quality water removal and cleanup services, but you are choosing a company that is fully licensed to handle all reconstruction work that you may need.