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Strategies for Dealing with Water Damage Post-Storms

1/16/2024 (Permalink)

Drying equipment in a room. Don't let water damage from storms overwhelm you.

Storms bring not only heavy rains and powerful winds but also the potential for water damage to your property. Whether it's a minor leak or significant flooding, dealing with water damage after a storm can be overwhelming. At SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson, we understand the challenges homeowners face in such situations, and we're here to guide on coping with water damage effectively.

1. Safety First

Before assessing the damage, prioritize safety. Ensure the area is safe to enter, turn off electrical power if necessary, and wear protective gear such as gloves and boots to prevent potential hazards.

2. Assess the Extent of Damage

Survey your property to evaluate the extent of water damage. Check for standing water, soaked belongings, wet walls, ceilings, and flooring. Take photographs or videos to document the damage for insurance purposes.

3. Promptly Remove Standing Water

Remove standing water using pumps or wet vacuums to prevent further damage and mold growth. Ensure proper ventilation to aid in drying out the affected areas.

4. Salvage What You Can

Attempt to salvage items that are not extensively damaged. Move wet belongings to a dry area to prevent further deterioration. However, exercise caution with items that may have been contaminated by floodwaters.

5. Dry Out the Affected Areas

Thoroughly dry affected areas using dehumidifiers and fans. Pay attention to hidden spaces like wall cavities and under flooring to prevent moisture retention and mold growth.

6. Prevent Mold Growth

Act quickly to prevent mold growth by applying antimicrobial treatments to affected areas and ensuring proper ventilation. Monitor for any signs of mold and address them promptly.

7. Contact Professionals for Restoration

For extensive water damage or if you're unsure about handling the situation, it's advisable to seek professional help. SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson, Oro Valley/Marana East offers specialized water damage restoration services, utilizing advanced equipment and expertise to efficiently restore your property.

8. Work with Your Insurance Company

Contact your insurance provider to report the damage and initiate the claims process. Document the damage and keep records of all communication with your insurer. Our SERVPRO® team can assist you in navigating the insurance claims process.

9. Take Preventative Measures

After restoration, take preventive measures to avoid future water damage. Regularly inspect your property for leaks, ensure proper drainage, and maintain gutters and downspouts.

Coping with water damage after storms requires swift action and attention to detail. By following these strategies, you can mitigate the impact of water damage on your property. However, for comprehensive restoration and peace of mind, enlisting the help of professionals like our SERVPRO® team is invaluable.

Don't let water damage from storms overwhelm you. Contact SERVPRO of Northeast Tucson, Oro Valley/Marana East for expert assistance in restoring your property to its pre-damaged condition. We're here to help you navigate through the challenges and restore your home to normalcy.

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