Rochester Property Flooding Mitigation is Best Left to SERVPRO But......
A DIY? Guide to Effective Flood Damage Cleanup in Rochester
Floods wreak more havoc on properties than tornadoes, hurricanes and lightning combined. Flood-damaged homes often require repair and installation of new drywall among other structures. If your home has suffered flood damage, your primary concern should be your safety and that of your family. Avoid entering the flooded areas until government officials permit you to return to your home. Also, call utility firms and your insurance provider to inform them about the flooding.
Take photos or videos of your home to help substantiate your insurance claims. You should also assess your Rochester home for flood damage by looking out for structural damage like holes, warping, and cracked foundations. To prevent risks to your health, wear rubber gloves, waterproof boots, and waders before you begin the cleanup process.
Some first steps you should take during the flood cleanup process include:
• Inspecting ceiling and cabinets that could fall over.
• Removing debris and contaminated items.
• Checking for clogs from mud or debris, which could lead to water stagnation in your drainage systems, toilets, and bathrooms.
• Extracting water using shop vacs.
• Opening the doors and windows to improve ventilation.
• Using fans, dehumidifiers, and desiccants to dry out your home.
When you do all these things, do not let garbage pile up. Stacked rubbish can exacerbate contamination and attract insects or rodents. Avoid doing structural or electrical work yourself. Instead, hire experienced professionals to assist you. If your basement is flooded, avoid draining it too quickly because rapid pressure changes can cause the foundation to collapse.
With flooding, fast drying is crucial to prevent mold infestation and other issues. Immediate steps may include moving furniture and other belongings to dry areas, lifting carpets, and removing baseboards. This work is daunting for any homeowner, and it is, therefore, advisable to call in SERVPRO franchise professionals to help you with the cleanup and drying efforts.
The risk of further water damage occurring to your home increases with each passing day, making thorough and prompt action vital. We have special equipment that provides fast pump out, and our technicians are experienced in removing water and cleaning up a flooded property. We use powerful portable pumps to extract the water and then dry the house using air movers and dehumidifiers.
Our Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRTs) take repeated measurements using moisture detection devices like moisture sensors, moisture meters, and thermal hygrometers. With these devices, we locate the areas of a house that are damp and define how wet they are compared to average moisture levels. Thermo-hygrometers measure both the temperature and the relative humidity of a building, enabling us to determine if the drying process is effective. Our SERVPRO technicians follow up the drying process with decontamination and odor removal to return a property to its pre-incident state.
Floodwater can be a big problem in your home in Dover, Somersworth or the neighboring areas. When in need of flood cleanup services, call SERVPRO of Dover-Rochester at (603) 743-4301 for help. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.
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