Protecting Your Home After Spring or Summer Storms

Storm The strong winds and heavy rain from the storms came and went. Flooding occurred inside your home and you see damage before you even get inside. You want to rush inside and start on your DIY repairs. Not so fast. Rushing inside a home with damage from flooding, winds or other weather-related damage is never a good idea. Learn the dangers and what to do after storms or other spring or summer weather events cause damage to your home.

1. Never enter a home damaged by flooding

Unless cleared to enter by officials assessing safety of homes after flooding occurs, stay out to stay safe. Even if it looks safe from the outside, entering the home can potentially result in injury or even death from electrical or structural hazards.

2. Flooding does far more damage than just soaking the carpet or ruining your upholstered furniture.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) explains, “A building that has been damaged by rising water can be a dangerous place,” with a variety of hazards. Instead of risking your safety or life, leave it to professionals with the expertise to determine if and when you can enter your home. Get an assessment from qualified and expertly trained cleaning and restoration professionals. Even minor damage can worsen over time, causing later risks to your family and more serious damage to your home.

3. Mold is more dangerous than many people likely realize.

Even when minor flooding occurs, mold has the potential to spread throughout your home, causing significant damage. Worse yet, mold causes a wide variety of illnesses and can even result in death. Just because you cannot see mold does not mean it is not there. When spring or summer storms cause flooding or water damage anywhere inside or outside your home, mold can grow. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) points out that regarding mold spores, anywhere that “Leakage may have occurred in roofs, pipes, walls, plant pots, or where there has been flooding, they will grow.” If you try to clean mold yourself, you risk not thoroughly cleaning all areas damaged by mold. The CDC explains that if a source of moisture still exists, mold can recur again and individuals can still suffer the health effects of the mold. The CDC suggests contacting a professional “Who has experience in cleaning mold in buildings and homes.”

4. Reduce the risk of damage from flooding and other damage caused by storms with a few simple tips:

  • When you update or remodel any area of your home, use water-resistant materials
  • Elevate your washer and dryer
  • Keep electrical cords off the floor
FEMA suggests other strategies, including elevating or relocating your water heater and electrical panel and improving the interior wall construction of your home. Numerous measures exist to reduce the risk of damage to your home due to storms, wind damage or other spring and summer weather events. However, if damage occurs, rely on professionals with experience in cleaning and restoration services to quickly clean and restore your home.
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