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Handling a Flood Damage after a Tropical Storm

8/26/2017 (Permalink)

Flood damage can strike any time in Houston TX.  Natural causes include storms and hurricanes, and even hail. Storms can cause flooding but also remove shingles and other roofing materials. The rain will then get into the home through the damaged roof. Both flooding and wind driven rain can do a lot of damage during a Tropical Storm.

While one may not be in a position to prevent flood damage from happening, the mitigation measures that one takes can help to avoid further loss. The mitigation measures that one should take are listed below. They can be carried out individually or with the aid of specialists.

1. Stopping Water Flowing into the home or business using sand bags and other barriers around doors and windows

2. Turning Off Power in business will reduce electrical fires that may happen during a storm event. Damaged wires can conduct electricity through water. It should be a priority to disconnect power, so as to reduce the risk of electric shock.

3. Drying Wet Items  such as furniture can be salvaged by drying them quickly. One should raise furniture off the ground on blocks to keep them from getting wet.

4. Inviting Safety Inspectors. One should not re-occupy the building unless it is recommended so by a safety inspector. They assess the electrical and structural safety of a building and recommend the necessary repairs.

5. Water Cleanup and Restoration is the last step in the process of a flood damage. Calling SERVPRO early will assure that wet walls will not grow mold. It's important to have a company that can respond quickly in your area to flood water clean up. 

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