What You Need To Know About Cleaning Up Your Property After A Storm
There are few things as nerve-wracking as returning to your property after a severe storm. You may have done everything you could before you left and battened down the hatches, or maybe you even stayed home and weathered it out (pun not intended), but the damage caused by sudden bad weather events can have lasting consequences if you don’t act quickly. Here are a few things you need to know about checking your home, fixing problems and starting repairs after a storm.
Storm damage is unpredictable, or at least it’s predictable in its unpredictability. While there are the key problem areas that it’s always important to check (more on those in a second), the most important thing to remember when looking for damage after strong winds and heavy rain is to be safe. If there’s flooding, check that the power is off before you start wading through it. If there’s structural damage, be sure to wear a hard hat and be cautious. Get your work gloves and safety goggles ready and get your work boots on, and make sure your kids keep their distance until it’s all cleaned up. Oh, and know where your power lines and water pipes are before you do anything like fire up a chainsaw.
Don’t Wait On Water Damage
Water damage can be one of the most intimidating things a storm can inflict. After all, roof tiles can be replaced, broken windows can be fixed, but when you’re standing in your home looking at standing water it can feel like you’re fighting a losing battle. You are going to need to act quickly in these situations so it’s important to know the difference between something a mop and a bucket can take care of, and a situation that’s going to require a professional to sort out. A good water damage restoration company will understand that time is of the essence, and Dry Metrics water cleanup specialists offer elite service and affordable rates with a free estimate. They can also help with mold removal which will definitely be a blessing in the long run.
Stay Calm And Take Stock
The last thing you want to do is start rushing to fix one problem before you have a clear idea of the whole picture. Take a deep breath and identify the priorities first before you start getting out the power tools or climbing on the roof. It will also be a good idea to talk to your neighbors as they may have noticed something you missed or already found a way to tackle a shared issue.
If In Doubt, Call For Help
If you’re a new homeowner, you may be facing many of these issues for the first time, and if you have any concerns over any potentially hazardous materials or the best way to tackle a fallen tree, the most sensible thing will always be to make a call for help. The authorities will be able to advise and your local sanitation departments will be able to inform you about collection of waste and debris. This is not a problem that you need to be facing alone.