It’s hurricane season again. Whether you like it or not, at some point you’ll be cooped up in your home, bracing for the storm to pass. Chances are you know how to deal with the time. You’ve bought batteries. Your generator is ready. The pantry is stocked with provisions. But what about after? What if the winds stay at bay, but the rising sea water instead comes to shore and invading homes and drenching your valuables? Don’t get caught off guard. Be prepared to deal with the saturation. Here are three things to consider when your home suffers from flooding.
Work with Insurance
Most people turn to their insurance providers for assistance. Make sure you’ve done your research on flood damage tampa. You’ll probably need a separate policy (purchased ahead of time) to compensate for the external water flow. This isn’t part of hurricane or home insurance. Know your contact number, the coverage limits and your deductible.
Don’t Wait for Repairs
Waterlogged structures can become a major hazard, especially when the source is from the ocean, river or stream. Not only is the moisture a breeding ground for mold and rot, but the flood brought additional microorganisms into the home. The longer it sits, the harder it will be to clean. As soon as possible work with your agent to find a reputable company to help remediate and treat the premises.
Dry it Out
The humidity needs to go. Therefore, airing out the rooms is one of your top priorities. Have the electrical inspected. If it’s okay, then run dehumidifiers around the clock. In addition, air conditioners, fans and open windows can be useful.
Extraction doesn’t sound pleasant, but it could be your best bet at removing infestation. The spores penetrated into your porous materials, and household cleaners simply may not eliminate it. Work with specialists to evaluate dry wall, baseboards, carpeting and belongings. They’ll advise on how much needs to go.
Hope for the best, but be prepared for cleanup. Have a game plan in mind, so you can salvage as much as possible.