Posts Tagged ‘storm damage cleanup’

5 First Steps to Cleaning Up a Flooded Basement

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

emergency callHeavy rains fall, the river rises, and your neighborhood floods. Before you know it, you’re a storm damage statistic. That’s right -- you have a flooded basement. What. Do. You. Do?

Call your insurance company

If your home lies in an area that’s been flooded by spring storms, chances are that your insurance company already is dealing with other angry, frustrated and (frankly) scared people just down the street. So stay calm and tell the claim rep on the other end of the line exactly what you’re dealing with so that you can make sure that the necessary repairs will get covered. If necessary, get an insurance adjuster over to your house as soon as possible to detail your coverage options – including area contractors who can do the repair work well and on time. In any case, getting a claim filed and a case number in hand is your first big step to sanity.

Turn off the power

Now -- if you can do it safely – turn off the power to your house. That may mean having to walk through standing water in your basement. Do not do that until you are sure that the water isn’t carrying loose electrical current. If you’re not sure, it’s time to gulp hard and call an electrician. Look, that floodwater in your basement is probably going to cost you money, at least up front.  The call to the electrician is only the first of several calls you’re going to make over the next couple of days, so get used to it. And besides, if you have homeowners or renter’s insurance, you probably won’t end up paying more than your deductible, anyway.

Do a damage inventory

After you get the power turned off and before your adjuster shows up, the first step in getting your storm damage repair job done right is to go through the damage thoroughly. This is probably going to be tough, maybe heart-breaking. But go through every item -- including fixtures such as walls and carpet – and take lots of photos of the damage. Then try to get every item that you can out of the water.

Sump pump on?

And speaking of water, and getting it the heck out of your basement, make sure your sump pump is working. If you have a sump pump installed but it’s not working, try loosening the rod (it might be stuck). If your unit is broken or inadequate to the task (you should have at least a ¾-HP motor on it), you can purchase a new one for about $150 that will do the job if your current unit has given up the ghost. If you don’t have a sump pump installed, you will need to get a professional emergency restoration company on the job immediately to start clearing the water out and begin your flood restoration process.

Beginning the cleanup process

Basement flood cleanup is nothing short of an epic pain. But that pain can be alleviated by having a professional service remove, dry and store your property while your basement is getting repaired. Talk with your insurance company about your options here right away – it’s critical that your property gets removed and dried as quickly as possible. Service providers such as LDR also can act as a liaison to your insurance company and ensure that the work done in your home and on your personal effects gets covered. They also have high-tech drying equipment that will restore your photos, memorabilia and furniture to the best extent humanly possible. Remember, flood damage restoration can be tricky. You can think you have something dried when, in reality, it is still soaking wet under the surface. If insurance will work with you, get all the help you affordably can. Having a partner in the restoration process can save you immense headaches later. Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Free eBook shows how to make a home disaster plan


 

6 Severe Weather Safety Tips

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Wizard of OzHearing a tornado siren go off should not be your cue to begin your home storm preparation. That process should begin today, if it hasn’t already.

Keep supplies handy

If a tornado or severe thunderstorm warning hits, having the following items on hand can keep you and yours safe and prepared:
  • Wind-up flashlight (can usually be found in camping supplies at a department store).
  • Wind-up radio (same).
  • Battery-powered flashlight with extra batteries
  • Battery-powered radio w/extra batteries
  • Camping lantern
  • Candles
  • Matches
  • Bottled water
  • Non-perishable snacks (trail mix, dry cereal, dried fruit)
  • Cell phone
  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • Sleeping bags
  • Reading material
  • Games

Secure what you can

Some things, you can’t prepare for  -- such as the wind knocking a tree into your roof. Some things, you can prepare for – wind knocking out a window, for example.
  • Before a high-intensity storm, a quick preventive measure is taping an “X” on your windows with something as light as masking tape. It strengthens the integrity of the glass, and is easy to clean up after the danger has passed. Nailing down loose shingles and edging on your roof is also a must.
  • Also, if your house is the highest point in the surrounding area, you can install inexpensive metal poles or rebar on opposite corners of your house, above the roofline, to act as lightning rods. While it may not be the most aesthetically pleasing addition, it can save a host of damage during thunderstorms.
  • Put away all lawn furniture, toys and loose garbage in your garage.
If you find yourself in the path of an oncoming storm, know where you are going to take shelter beforehand. Hitting the panic button because you don’t know where to go is the worst plan going. If you have a storm cellar (and most people don’t), that’s obviously your go-to place in case of a tornado, severe thunderstorm or straight-line wind storm (derecho). Ditto for a basement (pick a spot in the northeast corner of the basement, if possible – tornadoes generally barrel in from the southwest). If you live in an apartment building or house with no basement, find an interior room away from glass and outside walls, if possible – probably a closet or bathroom. Drape a blanket or sleeping bag over yourself to shield you from falling debris or broken glass. Do not open windows to relieve pressure – it can make the situation worse! If you live in a mobile home, have these steps firmly in mind now that storm season has begun:
  • Do not stay in your home. Even with tie-down straps, mobile homes are like cardboard boxes in the teeth of a straight-line wind or tornado.
  • Establish a safe place that you can go in a hurry if there are serious tornado watches in the area. This could be a friend’s house, an apartment with an interior room, a church or perhaps a public building with a basement. If there’s a tornado warning posted nearby, be sure you can get to your safe spot very quickly. Otherwise, you’ll be caught in a car – and that’s worse.
  • Get Down. If you have no place else to go, find a culvert or a low spot on the ground and lie down flat, protecting your head with a firm object or your arms.
Understand that many injuries and deaths in serious storms can be avoided with the proper plan. Just make sure you have that plan ready and memorized before the storm hits – that way you won’t have to think. You just work the plan and live to tell about it. Free Disaster Planning Checklist  


 

3 Tips for Cleaning up After Wind Damage

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

wind damageNow that winter snows are melting across the Midwest, homeowners unfortunately have other messes to think about with the approach of storm season. When thunderstorms, tornadoes or the rare but long lasting windstorms called derechos, sweep through and damage your roof or trees, don’t rely on your own wits to fix the aftermath. Instead, do what any kid would do – call for help.

Power Down

Strong winds in any wooded area inevitably knock down tree branches and even larger limbs – making after-storm cleanup all the more dangerous. Home and property owners whose trees are near overhead power lines should make sure they have cut tree limbs back at the beginning of storm season. And even though utility companies have regular tree-trimming schedules, downed limbs still cause about 30 percent of all power outages, according to Wisconsin Public Service Corp., Green Bay, Wis. If a limb should knock down an electrical line, follow a simple rule: assume the line IS HOT until it’s back on the pole. “If there’s debris down by lines, you’re going to want to make sure the utility company comes out to make sure that line is not energized,” says Lisa Prunty, public relations manager for Wisconsin Public Service. “There may be more debris if we have to cut trees to get into the area that’s affected. So then again, we would have that customer wait until we know that that line is de-energized or back up on the pole where it should be.” In preparation for high winds, WPS also advises people to stow anything that could blow into the air and into a power transformer -- lawn furniture, even Mylar balloons.

Fiddling on the roof

Before storms hit, make sure edging and tiles on your roof aren’t loose or drooping. High winds can grab loose tiles and fixtures in a heartbeat and peel them off like an orange rind. Should tiles or other pieces of your roof get damaged, do-it-yourselfers should inspect the carnage carefully. Water from a rainstorm can seep through damaged tiles and – depending on how long the leak has been there – ruin the plywood underneath, making a walk on the roof more dangerous. When in doubt, call a reputable roofer, preferably one that you or someone you trust knows. If you don’t know one, while you’re on the phone with your insurance company, ask an adjuster about the trusted contractors in your area that her or she uses (more on that later).

Too good to be true

What you don’t want to do is hire – much less give a deposit to – the first roofing outfit that blows into your neighborhood after the storm blows out. If your roof is damaged badly enough to require professional repair work, have that work done by somebody who really knows what to do. Beware especially of roofing crews that:
  • Don’t have a local address.
  • Have only a local P.O. box for an address.
  • Offer to fix your roof for far less than going market rates (for those, ask other local contractors or builders).
  • Can’t provide proof of bonding or insurance.
  • Can’t provide references from past jobs in the area.
Roofing crews running scams often try to talk homeowners into hiring them and paying them in a hurry. Many of them track storms on The Weather Channel or other news sources and show up amazingly quickly after the storm subsides. They may even work quickly – but they’ll often do substandard work that that will need to be replaced in a few years. Worse, many skip town before completing the job or doing any work at all. To avoid scam artists, make sure you have an insurance adjuster inspect extensive damage before you hire out any repair work. Then, find out what repair work really needs to be done and ask advice about local roofing companies. At the end of the day, doing what you can to avoid trouble before and after harsh spring storms will save you a lot of added grief – and help you enjoy the spring weather all the more. download the free Emergency Response Plan guide.  


 

April is Tornado Awareness Month – Don’t get swept away to Oz

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

tornado safetyHooray, it’s spring! Bulbs are sprouting, snow is melting, and … what’s that, Toto? You see low black clouds swirling overhead? It's not a flock of flying monkeys. It's a tornado. Tornados can occur anywhere, anytime; but if you’ve lived in tornado country for long, you know the risks that come with the spring and summer months. And since April is Tornado Awareness Month, here are some tips for preparing for the worst that nature can dish out:

Tornado Facts & Myths

  • Know the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning. A watch just means that conditions are favorable for a tornado. A warning is more serious – it means that a real tornado has been spotted nearby on the ground or on local weather radar.
  • Rotating winds in a tornado can reach 250 mph. Forward progress of funnel clouds can reach 70 mph.
  • The sounds of a tornado can vary from a dull roar to the sound of a waterfall to the stereotypical train-like blast.
  • Tornados can be virtually transparent until they start carrying dust and debris.
  • Most tornados move southwest-to-northeast, but they can move in any direction.
  • No area, despite it history, is “tornado-proof.” Tornados can jump rivers, cut through major cities, and even hit the exact same neighborhood more than once in a few years’ time.
  • Highway underpasses do not make safe shelters in a tornado. Watch this clever safe-shelter video from the Weather Channel to learn the truth.

Watch the Skies

If it is tornado season and the skies darken, keep an eye out for these common warning signs:
  • Storm clouds that are green or greenish-black
  • A wall cloud – basically an isolated portion of a thunderstorm that drops below the rest of the cloud base
  • Clouds of debris
  • Hail
  • Funnel cloud – a portion of a storm base that visibly rotates, either above or on the ground
Also, know your community’s early warning system (a siren, for example). As an added measure, you can follow up-to-the-minute storm activity anywhere in the country at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Storm Prediction Center.

Gather supplies

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends that you keep the following on hand in a disaster supply kit:
  • First aid kit, including prescription drugs
  • Three-day supply of water (one gallon per person per day) and non-perishable food
  • One blanket or sleeping bag per person
  • Emergency-tools, including a flashlight, battery-powered radio, and extra batteries
  • Extra keys, cash, credit cards, ID cards and driver’s licenses
  • Special items for babies or elderly family members
Also, check out the Red Cross Tornado Information Page.

Find a Safe Place to Shelter

Find a safe room in your home where everyone, including pets, can gather.  The best place is a storm cellar or basement room situated to the north and east. If no cellar or basement is available, find an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows. No trailer home is safe in a tornado. In addition, the Red Cross, FEMA and other organizations recommend that families practice tornado drills so that everyone in the house knows what to do if a tornado hits. They also recommend preparing for high winds by removing loose, diseased or damaged limbs from nearby trees, and moving trash cans, furniture or any other household items that a tornado can pick up and rocket into your house. For more information, see this tornado safety checklist. Remember – tornados can hit anywhere, anytime. The key to surviving one is knowing what to look for, what to have on hand, and where to seek shelter when storms get nasty. download the free Emergency Response Plan guide.  


 

Cold, Hard Common Sense For Safe Snow Removal

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

safe snow shovelingFor many folks, as winter drags on, that frosty white stuff becomes less appealing to look at and play in and more of a pain in the backside—literally! A recent U.S. study revealed that snow shoveling causes more than 11,500 visits to the emergency room each year. Common snow shoveling casualties range in severity from pulled muscles, cuts, bumps and bruises from slipping and sliding in the slick stuff, to the most serious cases of cardiac related injuries and even death. According to a study by First Aid 4 Sport, Lte., people 55 and older are four times more likely than younger folks to experience heart attacks while shoveling, and men are twice as likely to experience cardiac related symptoms than women. Though the physical effects of snow shoveling can vary widely from person to person, all have one thing in common: They can be prevented with a healthy dose of education and some cold, hard common sense.

Factors to Consider for Safe Snow Shoveling?

The physical exertion of shoveling is risky enough, but the danger grows when coupled with freezing temperatures. When the body is cold, the blood vessels constrict, adding more stress to the heart and increasing the chance of a heart attack. Other hazards of shoveling in the cold include frostbite and hypothermia. Perspiration compounds problems by dampening clothes and robbing the body of its own heat. To combat the effects of cold while shoveling snow:
  • Dress in protective clothing including warm hat, gloves and boots with good traction
  • Cover exposed areas like the nose
  • Wear thin layers that can be removed as you sweat
  • Warm yourself with frequent breaks indoors

Pace Yourself While Shoveling Snow

Heat pounding? Gasping for breath? Listen to your body’s signals to slow down and pace yourself. A good rule of thumb is: If you can’t have a conversation while shoveling, you’re pushing yourself too hard. This is especially important if you are out of shape or not accustomed to physical labor. In fact, one study of inactive men found that their heart rates exceeded the recommended limits for aerobic exercise after only two minutes of snow shoveling! Here’s how not to over-do it:
  • Work at a steady pace
  • Take regular rest breaks
  • Avoid shoveling large areas at one time
  • Stay hydrated but steer clear of caffeine
  • Consider getting the all-clear from your doctor first, especially if you smoke or have high blood pressure
  • If any history of heart attack, avoid snow shoveling all together

How to Prevent Back Injuries from Snow Shoveling

With so much focus on the heart, it’s easy to forget that the back is the most commonly injured area during snow removal. Improper shoveling techniques and simply trying to lift too much, too quickly can result in lower back stress and painful, long-lasting damage. The tools you use also make a big difference. Some basic tips for back health:
  • Push the snow instead of lifting it
  • Toss snow aside while standing upright, not bending
  • Invest in an ergonomically designed snow shovel
  • Stretch out and warm up muscles before shoveling
On a final note, it’s easy to “get in the zone” when shoveling mountains of snow. So don’t forget to keep track of how long you’ve been out in the elements…and stay aware of your surroundings, particularly if you’re shoveling near a street or pathway with traffic. Done properly, snow shoveling can be a great way to burn off those extra calories during the long winter months. But when shoveling threatens to take a toll on your health, don’t hesitate to explore the alternatives: snow blowers, de-icer sprays, professional snow removal services, church volunteers, and the industrious neighbor kids up the block. LDR Construction Services, Inc. Cleaning & Restoration has proudly served all of northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin since 1991. LDR specializes in the complete repair of fire, smoke, wind, water and vandalism damage to both commercial and residential properties. Capable of handling any size loss and working with all types of insurance providers, the LDR disaster team is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. For more information, visit www.ldr4service.com or call 1-888-874-7066. Image courtesy of debspoons / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Save $25 on Air Duct Cleaning - Free Coupon  


 

Darn! It’s a dam! How to Prevent Water Damage from an Ice Dam

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

icicle water damageIt’s a home or business owner’s winter nightmare: rivulets of water trickling down your interior walls, spotting your ceiling and soaking your attic. If you’ve noticed these issues at home or at work but don’t know what causes them, the first place to look is outdoors and up at the lower edge of the roof. See clumps of ice along the eaves and large icicles dangling from your gutters? Then, darn—you probably have a dam. Ice damming is the accumulation of ice at the lower edge of a sloped roof, typically along the gutter. The main ingredient for the formation of an ice dam is snow; the second is heat. We all know that heat rises, and while we’re vigilant about staying toasty indoors, we don’t often think about the effect of heat on the outside of a building. As snow blankets the roof and temperatures fall, heat rises and melts the snow nearest the peak of the roof, causing water to run down and refreeze at the overhangs where temperatures are much cooler. As this cycle of melting and refreezing commences, the ice dam grows, encasing the gutters and eventually blocking water from draining off the roof. The result? Costly damage to ceilings, walls, insulation and the structure of the roof itself. Not only is it dangerous to climb onto your roof in the dead of winter to address this problem, it’s also difficult and oftentimes, futile. At this point, it’s recommended that you hire trained professionals who use special steam equipment to safely remove ice dams without causing further damaging your roof (or yourself). Indoors, you may also need to hire a professional cleaning and restoration team like LDR Construction Services, Inc., who will use the latest water extraction technology to dry out your structure and its contents, plus take important steps to prevent mold. Your best bet, of course, is to take precautions to prevent ice damming in the first place. Here are a few tips:
  • Keep the attic floor well insulated to minimize the amount of heat rising through the attic from within the living space of your home or office.
  • Seal air leaks, including duct air leaks, using mastic sealant or metal tape in your attic to further prevent warm air leakage. Duct tape is not recommended because it is not long lasting.
  • Make sure the attic is adequately ventilated: the colder the attic, the less melting (and refreezing) of snow on the roof.
  • Clear leaves and other debris out of gutters before the first snow.
  • Invest in an extra-long-handled snow rake designed to reach up onto your roof from the ground. Use it early and often after each new snowfall, before the snow becomes too wet and heavy. Always be cautious when standing underneath falling snow.
  • As an added precaution against roof leaks, hire a trusted contractor to evaluate your home or office. Look for one who is an energy specialist. Installing a water repellent membrane under your roof covering may be just one of the professional’s recommendations.
By paying closer attention to energy savings this season, you’ll save more time and energy for the good stuff…snow sledding and ice-skating. Get out there and enjoy! LDR Construction Services, Inc. Cleaning & Restoration has proudly served all of northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin since 1991. LDR specializes in the complete smoke and fire damage restoratoin, storm damage repair, water damage restoration and vandalism damage repair to both commercial and residential properties. Capable of handling any size loss and working with all types of insurance providers, the LDR disaster team is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. For more information, visit www.ldr4service.com or call 1-888-874-7066. Image courtesy of Suat Eman / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Free eBook shows how to make a home disaster plan  


 

Planning for Severe Winter Weather at Work and Home

Friday, December 14th, 2012

preparing for winter weatherIt’s been an unseasonably mild winter so far—at least, in northern Illinois—but considering our ongoing trend of wacky weather, The Big One could be right around the corner. Extreme winter weather causes damage to structures, hypothermia, frostbite and worse in a matter of minutes. Are you prepared to weather the storm should frigid temperatures, heavy snowfall or blizzard conditions strand you at home or work for a few days? The first step to being prepared for a sever winter storm is to familiarize yourself with the different warnings issued by the National Weather Service:
  • Winter Weather Advisory – Conditions are right for snow or ice. Motorists are especially advised to take extra caution.
  • Winter Storm Watch – Severe conditions are possible within the next day or two. Be prepared.
  • Winter Storm Warning – Severe conditions are about to begin, or have already begun. Take shelter.
  • Blizzard Warning – Snow and strong wind will team up to produce blinding snow, deep drifts and dangerous wind chills. Be safe.
  • Frost/Freeze Warning—Extremely cold temps may cause damage to crops and plants. Homes or businesses without heat need to take extra precautions.
Of course, life goes on even when the threat of severe weather looms. So as you go about your daily business, common sense dictates keeping an eye on what’s going on outside while keeping an ear tuned to NOAA Weather Radio or the local news. And please, limit your travels as much as possible. Being properly prepared at home or in the workplace also means planning ahead for the possibility that you may have to hole up for a day or more. Winter storms have the capability to knock out power, heat and communications—everyday conveniences that suddenly become critical once they’re gone. Heat, in particular, is worrisome as your body’s core temperature can drop rapidly. At first sign that the heat is no longer working, close off other rooms and confine yourself to a small space. If possible, use alternative warming sources like fireplaces, wood stoves or kerosene heaters while always taking safety and ventilation into consideration. Huddle together with others and be sure to stay nourished (and hydrated) so that your body can produce its own heat. By now, you surely have an emergency preparedness kit at home, in your car and at the office…correct? If not, please put some kits together ASAP. Our free Emergency Preparedness Checklist can help you to get started. The standard, year-round emergency kit includes a supply of nonperishable food and water; add the following items in preparation for severe winter weather:
  • Blankets and warm clothing including hats, boots and mittens
  • Snow shovels
  • Environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways
  • Sand or cat litter to improve traction
  • Alternative heating fuel such as dry wood
It is always best to stay indoors when severe weather strikes. After the storm passes, if the loss of heat and power becomes too much to bear, you may need to go to the nearest public shelter—but be certain that the distance to travel is a short one, and cover every inch of exposed skin in warm layers! According to FEMA, you can text SHELTER plus your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the closest shelter in your area. With your disaster plan and emergency supplies in place, you’ll be prepared to weather a winter storm at home or at work. From all of us at LDR, stay safe, stay warm…and think spring! LDR Construction Services, Inc. Cleaning & Restoration has proudly served all of northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin since 1991. LDR specializes in the complete repair of fire, smoke, wind, water and vandalism damage to both commercial and residential properties. Capable of handling any size loss and working with all types of insurance providers, the LDR disaster team is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. For more information, visit www.ldr4service.com or call 1-888-874-7066. How to make a business disaster plan. Free eBook.  


 

Expert Tips for Surviving a Natural Disaster Until the Pros Arrive

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

storm damage restorationTens of thousands without power—and the necessities of lighting, heat, food and clean water. Fires consuming entire neighborhoods. Decades of personal belongings and business documents afloat in basements facing monumental water damage restoration. Residents along the East Coast had ample warning to evacuate or hunker down to ride out the storm. State officials, local leaders and law enforcement professionals were well informed and ready to make life-saving decisions. Emergency response crews and National Guard units from all over the country were poised to spring into action. And of course, America was ready to open its hearts and wallets to assist recovery efforts, because that’s what Americans do. Everyone did his or her very best, and that’s commendable. Still, the question remains: Can we ever be truly prepared for a natural disaster the likes of Hurricane Sandy? The superstorm struck and on its heels came a nor’easter, adding insult to injury to New Jerseyans and New Yorkers who were just beginning the process of restoring their lives. Speaking of the restoration process, it’s pretty clear that storm damage of this magnitude calls for the professionals. This is what storm and water damage recovery specialists like LDR Cleaning & Restoration train for: helping home and business owners clean and rebuild when the situation looks hopeless. However, disaster recovery professionals face their own monumental challenges during times of severe crisis: There simply aren’t enough of them…nor enough hours in the day…and in many cases, no physical way to reach everyone right away. Neighborhoods littered with storm debris (think boats casually tossed into front yards), blocked roadways, live wires down in flooded areas, and other obstacles make for slow, dangerous going as cleaning and recovery specialists and insurance adjustors alike struggle to reach the most urgent cases first. So, in the aftermath of a natural disaster like Hurricane Sandy, what steps can you take to begin the cleaning and recovery process when the professionals are delayed? Here are a few tips from the experts:
  • First and foremost, whatever you do, do it safely and take precautions.
  • Rule number one: Never enter an area of water if the power is still on! Make sure the power is OFF before entering a flooded basement, for example.
  • When stepping into a flooded area of your home or business, know that the water is contaminated. Floodwater contains viruses, bacteria and raw sewage. Protect your health by wearing tall rubber boots, waterproof gloves and a facemask or respirator. Don’t have these items on hand? Purchase them as part of your emergency preparedness plan before disaster strikes.
  • Avoid prolonged contact with contaminated water. After contact, wash thoroughly with an anti-bacterial soap like Dial®.
  • Wash all clothing in detergent and disinfectant after working in flooded areas.
  • Carpeting soaked in contaminated floodwater cannot be salvaged; it must be removed and disposed of. The same goes for fabrics in flooded vehicles.
  • Drywall at flood level—and the saturated insulation behind it—must also be cut out and discarded, as it will quickly become a paradise for mold spores.
  • Surfaces and items that can be cleaned should be given a thorough once-over with a disinfectant like Pine-Sol®. For health reasons, avoid mixing different cleaning solutions. Scrub, let it sit, rinse—then rinse again. (And try to ignore the irony that you are adding MORE water to the flooded area.)
  • Airflow is critical in drying out a flooded area. Although the weather outside may be cold, open the windows and run box fans if electricity is available.
  • Although patience is understandably stretched thin, summon yours because it will take days to dry out a flooded area. In the case of Hurricane Sandy, survivors can at least take comfort in the fact that fall is a less humid time of year, a plus in flood recovery.
By taking these steps, you can begin the cleaning and restoration process in your home or business until the professionals arrive to see you through completion. From all of us at LDR Cleaning & Restoration in Rockford, Illinois, please stay safe and send positive thoughts to our friends on the East Coast. The Red Cross has provided more than 5,400 workers, 58,000 overnight shelter stays, 1.6 million meals, and 91,600 relief items to victims of Hurricane Sandy. Needs continue to grow. Please contribute today at www.redcross.org. LDR Construction Services, Inc. Cleaning & Restoration has proudly served all of northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin since 1991. LDR specializes in the complete repair of fire, smoke, wind, water and vandalism damage to both commercial and residential properties. Capable of handling any size loss and working with all types of insurance providers, the LDR disaster team is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. For more information, visit www.ldr4service.com or call 1-888-874-7066. Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net Free Disaster Planning Checklist  


 

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