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Storm Preparation Tips for Homeowners
Heavy rainstorms can quickly lead to flooding and water damage if a homeowner is not prepared for them.
Florida homeowners know how quick and unpredictable a storm can be. Whether it is a hurricane, tropical storm, or just a heavy rainstorm, preparing your home for the worst is essential to keeping your family and your belongings safe. Central Florida is typically lucky in avoiding most hurricane paths that cruise through the Sunshine State. However, the sub-tropical climate means that the Orlando area gets a lot of rain.
Heavy rainstorms can quickly lead to flooding and water damage if a homeowner is not prepared for them. Even the slightest bit of due diligence can go a long way in protecting the exterior and interior of a home from water damage. The following are some great general tips to follow in preparing for the next heavy rainstorm:
- Secure any and all fences around your home
- Make sure that patio furniture is anchored or stored indoors
- Trim your trees and clear out any dead tree limbs
- Clear out your gutters
- Check that your drains are properly flowing
- Seal any cracks in the driveway
- Regularly inspect your roof
- Spot check your windows, doors, and garage door to ensure that there are now areas where water can leak in
While the above tips may seem obvious, homeowners typically forget to do them. It is easy to grow so accustom to heavy rainstorms that you ignore home maintenance duties. However, neglecting to do the above tasks can result in costly damage to your home and your possessions. Flooding and water damage can happen quickly, in many cases without the homeowner noticing right away. As such, being proactive is essential.
At SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs / Longwood, we are water damage and storm damage experts. Our damage repair and restoration team has years of experience and we take pride in serving our local community. Contact us today to learn more!
How often do you take inventory of your home?
Tips for Handling a Flood-Damaged Home
We never know when disaster may strike your home or office. It is important to know what you have and what it is worth.
You never want to wait for a disaster to strike to have to come up with an accurate inventory of the belongings in your home.
You should have a detailed inventory of your contents and your home or office, and it should be kept current annually, or whenever you make a new purchase to your home. Some things you will want to have listed are:
- What it is
- Where it was made (Brand)
- What is its value
- What condition it is in
Be sure to keep this in a safe place, a copy with your homeowners or renters insurance, as well as a digital copy that can be accessed in case something happens to your printed copy.
You will want to have this documented in list form and supported with pictures. You will also want to document your entire home. Pictures will be your best friend when trying to tell your adjuster what condition your belongings were in before the disaster struck.
Tips for Handling a Flood Damaged Home
Floods due to natural disasters such as storms, hurricanes or tornadoes are any property owner’s worst nightmare. The floodwaters can wreak havoc on your Altamonte Springs property and leave it in a miserable state. Apart from the structural damage, floodwaters can cause secondary damage if the restoration is not started promptly.
Thankfully, here at SERVPRO, we have a team of experts who can help you restore your Altamonte Springs home after a flood. Although you cannot be fully prepared for any natural disaster, you can have a plan in place. Here are a few things that you should do, if a natural disaster causes flooding in your home.
Ensure your safety
Your and your family’s safety is the single most important thing during and after a natural disaster.
Always try to stay out of standing water. You never know what bacteria or obstacles are under the water. So stay out of the water as much as possible.
Make sure that you are safe and dry and do not try to do anything that puts you at risk of injury or bodily harm. Safety comes first; everything else can wait.
Contact professionals as soon as possible
Seeking professional help is the next most important thing to do after a flood. Make sure that you have the contact number of SERVPRO handy and contact our expert disaster management team as soon as you can. The best way to limit the extent of damage and ensure restoration is swift action.
As soon as you call us, we will dispatch a team of experts to access the situation and develop a restoration plan. The priority is to get the water out of the property once the water has receded.
Call your insurance company
Take many pictures of your flooded home, if you can, and contact your insurance company. You can ask your insurance adjuster about the things that are covered under your policy. SERVPRO technicians can help you with documentation and protocol.
Call SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs/Longwood at (407) 830-9899 to talk to one of our technicians to discuss your situation. We are here to help you get back in your home as soon as possible.
Hurricane Season is upon us, are you ready?
Did you know that 40% of the hurricanes that occur in the United States hit Florida? Being prepared is an essential part of keeping you and your family safe this Hurricane season.
Here are some simple ways to ensure you are ready.
- Where is your closest shelter (keep in mind there are different kinds of shelters, ones for special needs, animals or both)
- Know what the evacuation routes are for you community
- Communicate with your family. Have an established plan of what to do, when to do it, whom to contact and where to go if you are separated should an emergency occur.
- Know your surroundings (are you in a flood-zone?)
- Keep debris out of your yard
- Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.
- Reinforce your garage doors; if wind enters a garage it can cause dangerous and expensive structural damage.
- Install a generator for emergencies.
What your Emergency Kit should include-
- Flashlights & extra bulbs
- Battery-operated or crank radio
- Battery-operated lanterns
- Batteries (in different sizes!!)
- Matches in a water tight container
- First aid kit and paper masks
- Medication (Aspirin, Ibuprofen, children’s/infant medication, and plenty of your Prescriptions)
You should also have plenty of food and water (no perishables) in case the electricity goes out. You should have at minimum 3-7 days’ worth.
- Bottled water (1 gallon per person, per day)
- Canned goods and boxed goods
- Pet food (if you have an animal that can be micro chipped it is recommended that you do so in case you get separated)
Everyone’s needs are different. Please keep in mind that the lists above are a general recommendation of what you may need. Be sure to write a list that focuses on your family’s specific needs.
If you have any further questions you can contact SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs/Lonwood at 407-830-9899 and we will be happy to assist you.
Why is Flood Water Dangerous?
Once flood waters set in you may be tempted to splash around and have a little fun in a seemingly hopeless situation. The water is here to stay a while so... why not?
Whatever you do, stay out of the water!
Flood water can be hazardous to your health even when properly vaccinated.
Flood waters can contain runoff from fields, bacteria from almost everywhere, and contaminants such as toxic chemicals (like gasoline or oil) or wastes (from animals and humans).
That is why in areas of the world where there is flooding from tsunamis, etc., those villages generally have a large outbreak of cholera, dysentery, and other water borne diseases.
And I haven’t even mentioned snakes yet! No one should ever treat flood waters like a stroll through your swimming pool. They are a health hazard, and can cause acute illnesses, particularly in children. You should never let your children play in flood water.
Here are some of the top reasons to stay out of flood water:
- Raw Sewage- Raw sewage is germ infested and could contain disease causing micro-organisms including but not limited to E Coli, Giardia, Cryptosporidium, Hepatitis A Cholera and more! Open cuts and wounds can become severely infected by contaminated water.
- Sharp and Dangerous Objects- Flood water picks up everything in its path and is generally murky and muddy. Sharp and dangerous objects pose potential risks as they are hidden from site and can puncture the skin.
- Hidden Rocks, Ditches and Potholes- Hidden rocks, ditches and potholes may cause you to lose your footing and fall.
- Storm Drains, Storm Pipes and Manholes- During a flood, as water recedes, storm drains storm pipes and manholes become powerful suction devices that can sweep away a child even an adult in an instant!
Keep your family safe. When water is on the rise remind them that though it looks tempting to play in, that it is important to stay out of the water as much as possible.
If for any reason you have no choice but to come in contact with flood water be sure to wash everything as thoroughly as possible.
Electronics in a Water Damage
Taking Certain Steps Quickly Can Help Save Electronics in your Home
After any flood, the damage to your home's contents may be severe. Not only are furniture, flooring, and documents at risk, but electronics can also be ruined by water. Televisions, computers, power tools, appliances, and other devices require immediate attention to have the best chance of being saved.
Homeowners with flood damage in Seminole County typically have electronics that they're worried about, whether the flooding was caused by a storm or burst pipe. Not only is replacing these items an extra expense but going without certain electronics for even a short amount of time can be a huge inconvenience. Whether any specific piece of electronic equipment can be restored or saved depends on a number of factors.
It's not just the standing water in a flood-damaged house that poses a threat to electronics, but humidity as well. This becomes a bigger issue the longer it takes to get the flood damage restoration process started. Our team will dehumidify your home to get things stable and decrease the chance that your electronic devices will incur damage.
Exposure to Water
The less water that has been in or around an electronic device, the more likely it can be saved. For instance, a microwave sitting on a wet counter can have the excess water wiped from its base, while a laptop that's been submerged in water is a much greater challenge and may not be salvageable. SERVPRO takes special measures when handling electronics in a home with flood damage, which can often save the equipment.
Preventing Further Damage
When you call SERVPRO after your home has encountered flood damage, it's important to avoid turning on your electronics. It's tempting to see if each item still works, but doing so can increase the chances of irreversible damage. Once we're on the scene, we'll quickly work to save your electronic equipment if at all possible.
If you need to restore your home after a flood, count on the experts at SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs/Longwood. We'll do our utmost to help you keep your possessions and avoid the cost of replacement. For more information about our flood damage services or to get a quote, call us at (407) 830-9899.
When Storms or Floods Hit Seminole County, SERVPRO is Ready!
SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs/Longwood specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage to your home or business, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit Seminole County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country as well as our elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (407) 830-9899