The Don’s and Don’ts of Storm Damage Cleanup

Aside from the trauma that a big storm brought you, cleaning up its damages is another tough task. One look at the mess of mud mixed with debris and floodwater might confuse you where to start, the task is too huge for you to handle. Aside from the small debris and flood, there are big trees scattered everywhere.  

If you don’t clean up, it will bring more hazard to your household. If you do it yourself, your safety will be compromised. That’s why it’s better to call a reasonable tree service who also specializes in storm damage cleanup. To make the process smooth, the following are the do’s and don’ts of a storm damage cleanup.  

DO’s 

Call Your Insurance Agent 

After letting your family and friends know that you’re safe, call your insurance agent right away. They will assist you in filing a flood damage claim; they can also provide or refer you to a flood cleanup company that offers services covered in your insurance.  

Contact Remediation or Tree Service Professionals  

If your insurance doesn’t cover a flood damage cleanup, you can look for a remediation or tree service yourself. A remediation involves procedure to prevent mold damage, sanitization, flood cleanup and restoration of your property.  

Protect Yourself and Family  

A big storm can bring great danger and hazards into your home. So when you survey the damages, you should be careful. Do not continue the survey if you think the damage is not safe and is extremely cautious. Wear protective gears so you won’t be too exposed to toxic water and debris. Throw away foods even the canned ones if they are touched with water. List all the damages items. For the damaged trees, the tree service professional will take care of it for you.  

DON’TS 

Don’t Use Electronics in Moist Areas 

Do not use your electronics especially in the moist areas; the possibility of electrocution is high especially if you’re not sure if the power has been shut down. If the electricity is still on, do not go to the damp of flooded areas. Wait until the property is completely dry.  

Don’t Turn the Utilities 

Do not turn on your gas, water or electricity until the fire department says it’s already clear. There is a great chance of potentially life-threatening situations. If the fire department shut off the utilities for safety reasons, do not override. They did it on safety purposes.  

Do Not Use Furniture 

Mold infestation is another risk to watch out for especially if there’s a great flood. Mold is destructive to the structure of your house and it’s also destructive to personal items like furniture and fabrics. It can cause health problems to your family so make sure you don’t use it until it’s professionally dried and disinfected.  

During this time, we observed severe weather conditions like frequent arrival of hurricane. Aside from preparing for the storm to come, damage cleanup should also be considered especially that it’s really inevitable.