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After the Flood

Flood Restoration

Floods are one of the most devastating forces on the planet Earth. They can wipe away entire cities. In 2010 a flood devastated a large part of Nashville leaving thousands of people with flooded homes and shambled lives. After a disaster like this most people feel lost, confused and helpless. Thankfully there are companies that specialize in helping to get your life back to normal after a tragedy like this. Here are some of the things to expect if you find yourself in this difficult situation.

Depending on the source of the water and the extent of the damage, we work with homeowners to begin the process of restoration.

Depending on the source of the water and the extent of the damage, we work with homeowners to begin the process of restoration.

The first thing that must be determined is the category of the water involved based on contamination. Category 1 is water from a sanitary source. This includes water from fresh water pipes, toilet tanks, sinks, etc. Category 2 is water that could cause illness but is generally not thought of as life threatening. This could include instances of dishwater or washing machine overflow, or toilet overflow that does not include solid material. Category 2 water could develop into Category 3 if it is left to sit. Category 3 water is water that could cause severe illness or death. This could include raw sewage, toilet overflow with solid material, or standing water that has developed microbial growth.

The second thing to understand about flood restoration is how water damage is classified. There are 4 classes of water damage. Class 1 water damage is damage that is contained to only part of a room or areas that have materials that have absorbed only minimal amounts of water. This is the easiest cleanup process. Class 2 water damage is a large amount of water. This is when water affects an entire room and/or carpet is involved. Carpet can soak up water and breed mold. In class 2 water damage water wicks up the walls no more than 24 inches. This is for when there is moisture remaining in the structural materials. Class 3 water damage is for the largest amount of water. This is where the water line is above the 24 inch mark and may have affected everything from floor to ceiling. This is the most extensive type of water damage. Class 4 water damage has to deal with things that need special drying conditions such as low humidity. This usually involves deep pockets of saturated water. To better understand the processes involved visit us.

Once the restoration team determines the class of water damage they are dealing with they will get to work. The team will work around all the contents in the home that can be salvaged. They will attempt to dry, deodorize, and sanitize all salvageable contents. Anything that cannot be saved will be discarded. These items should be compensated by your insurance. Once the contents are dealt with the team will begin the process of drying everything else. This is usually done with a series of large drying equipment that will help pull all of the moisture out of the affected area. The team will check back to monitor the progress and equipment to make sure that everything is functioning properly and accomplishing the task. Once the process is complete the equipment will be removed and one last check will be performed to make sure there is no mold or mildew or any pockets of moisture that still exist.

No one ever wants to have to make the call to a property restoration company but when the situation arises make sure that you are dealing with a professional credited agency and you’ll be back to normal in no time.

After a Devastating Fire

A Checklist for After the Fire

One of a homeowner’s worst nightmares is a house fire. It happened. Most importantly, you survived. And you managed to save your home, but you aren’t really sure what to do next to get your home ready for in-habitability. Here is a checklist to help you know where to start:

  • Stay in contact with your insurance company as you recover to ensure you are in compliance.
  • Make sure you have permission from the Fire Marshall before re-entering your home.
  • Hire a reputable restoration company — sometimes your insurance company will make recommendations. You can also check with the Better Business Bureau to help you choose. This is critical because these professionals have information about how best to clean up in a way that maximizes what you can keep and keeps your family safe.
  • Start the clean-up effort as soon as you are able, the longer the soot stays on your belongings and the home, the harder it is to remove.

    As soon as it is safe to re-enter your home, clean up needs to begin. Different kinds of fires leave differing residue, so consult a certified professional.

    As soon as it is safe to re-enter your home, clean up needs to begin. Different kinds of fires leave differing residue, so consult a certified professional.

  • Decide what is the most important to you to try and recover. This is where a restoration company can really be helpful. Some items are too expensive or impossible to recover. Others may be more affordable and do-able.
  • Open up windows to get air circulating inside. Before removing valuables and personal items, take pictures before touching and place in a plastic bag.
  • When you enter, wear thick rubber gloves, a dust mask and goggles (to protect your lungs and face), and thick-soled boots. Bring a flashlight — even in daylight. Safety is of upmost importance.
  • Document, document, document. Be ready to take lots of pictures.

Remember, a fire is an emotionally draining experience, as well as a physically draining clean-up. Seek support from family and friends. Remember, there are many people in your community you can also turn to. Here is a brief list to contact:

  1. The American Red Cross
  2. Civic organizations
  3. Department of Social Services
  4. Local humane society
  5. Your insurance agency
  6. Nonprofit crisis counseling centers
  7. Religious organizations
  8. Salvation Army

Recovery and restoration are going to take time. It won’t be easy. Finding the right people to help can minimize the on-going stress.

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