Cleaning Up Your Home After a Storm

A storm is approaching, and you take whatever steps necessary to prepare yourself, e.g. stocking supplies, seeking a place of shelter, etc. You anxiously await for the storm to pass, the earth to right itself, and the sun to shine once again. Just when you breathe that sigh of relief, you become cognizant of the damage left behind. By using the same approach to planning, you can effectively clean up your home after the storm in a manner that keeps you, your family, and your home safe and healthy.

First, assess the extent of all damage done to the inside and outside of your home. Assuming that your PDA or digital camera was not among the casualties, capture extensive footage in preparation of filing any insurance claims. This is also the time to create a list of supplies you will need, and identity where the services of a professional may be required.

State, local municipality or emergency services may be able to help clear away any downed trees. Collect fallen branches and debris for disposal by using a rake or a leaf blower. This should facilitate assessing any roof damage caused from high winds or ice. Check your roof for shingles that may have come loose, dislodged, or blown off. These should be repaired as soon as possible to avoid further moisture damage.

Assuming the foundation is stable, and it is safe to enter your, begin restoring what is in your control. In the event of water damage, eliminate all standing water and remove debris from affected drains. This should only be performed after confirming that no electric wires or outlets are exposed. If you have doubts, the services of a professional should be solicited. Otherwise, secure a wet-vac, fans and dehumidifier. Keep the air circulating and allow sufficient time for the area to dry before proceeding.

Floodwaters can be contaminated with anything ranging from sewage to chemicals. The entire area should be washed and disinfected. The common solution recommended by the CDC is a 1:10 ratio, meaning 1 part household bleach to 10 parts water. All items that cannot be disinfected should be disposed of, including any loose drywall or any carpeting. To limit your exposure to contaminants and mold, wear a mask or goggles, rubber gloves and rubber boots. Keep the fans blowing, and windows open if possible, to promote ventilation.

Allure Residential & Commercial Inc. can ease your stress. They service residents of the Greater Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio areas and have over 60 years of construction experience. Repairs to roofs and siding can be completed in one day. Dayton Roofing Specialists can work directly with you and your homeowner’s insurance to file claims.

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