Flood Recovery: Your Key To Survival

Posted by on Oct 17, 2013 in Home Restoration | 0 comments

The first thing to understand about flood recovery is that it happens in stages, not just physical stages, but emotional stages as well. According to disaster relief experts, the flood-recoveryschema of recovery is similar to the Kubler-Ross model for the stages of grief.

Everyone responds to disaster differently. Although these responses might occur out of order, the emotions involved will eventually hit everyone affected by the disaster.

If you’re struggling in the aftermath of a natural disaster, you may begin to doubt that you will ever recover from this tragedy. Feelings of doubt are understandable, but restoration is possible. It begins with your home.

Reading the Post-Disaster Odometer: 6 Steps to Disaster Recovery

To bring better understanding to the complexities of flood recovery, we will take a brief look at each step the corresponding recovery process.

Step One: Hire the professionals. You will want to start the process of elimination and subsequent insurance approval right away. Even if you don’t feel up to making any major renovation decisions; it’s important that the project gets underway as soon as possible to avoid the formation of mold, mildew, and other toxic substances that could put your health and well-being at risk.

Flood recovery is a large undertaking. The sooner you get a team mobilized, the sooner they can get you back to pre-flood conditions. The first step is to assess the damage and discuss any improvements you desire over the old design, so that the restoration stays on schedule. This is as close to building from scratch as you can get without actually doing it. Make the most of it and opt for a few fixtures and features you’ve always wanted.

Step Two: Turn off all sources of electricity. This is an important step to complete before anyone – including the restoration team – enters into what remains of your property.

Turning off the electricity protects those occupying the space from accident, injury, or electrocution. If you are unable to turn off the electricity prior to people entering the property, remind them not to touch any live appliances that may be present.

Step Three: Drying out. This is where restoration specialists come in especially handy. Look for experts who offer comprehensive service packages at affordable prices.

Make sure that the drying out process is complete and the corners are not cut. This step is done in the interest of your health and the health of your family. Don’t sacrifice that in favor of advancing the project faster. You will pay a risky and expensive price in the end.

Step Four: Look for material that can be reused or salvaged. The pieces you choose should still serve a sustainable function. Avoid items that harbor moisture, flood restorationlike: mattresses, cushions, and drywall. They are more susceptible to becoming a breeding ground for sickness-causing bacteria.

By several weeks post-disaster the long-term signs of flood recovery have started to appear. Avoid the extra stress and anxiety of making reconstruction plans and preparations on your own. That’s what our company is here for. We have over 30 years of flood recovery experience to offer. You are not in this alone; we can take the financial and emotional burden off of your shoulders.

Step Five: It’s time to clean house. Once you salvaged what you can, it’s time to clean the interior surfaces of your home and prepare a base of restoration for the team to work from. Clean the walls, floors, countertops and surfaces. As far as furniture is concerned make the healthiest judgment call possible. If the pieces are still functional, dry the amount under the sun. If not, dispose of the furniture and do not hesitate to buy new items, especially if mold and bacteria are of particular concern.

By this point, our company has helped you construct a plan to rebuild or restore your property. The plan includes making your new home a safe and healthy environment for your family. We do not rush to cover up mold and mildew. We deal with the damage fully and completely, so it does not cause unseen danger down the road.

Step Six: Apply a fresh coat of paint – liberally. Flood waters leave behind dirt and stains that no amount of scrubbing or cleaning will get rid of. Treat paintable surfaces with disinfectant and paint over the damage.

Whether your picture of flood recovery involves restoration or remodeling start visualizing your new, improved future today.

Restoration and flood recovery are tough realities to face, but with the right help, advice, and expertise your home can be running like a well-oiled machine in no time.

Do you have a disaster relief story to share or a remodeling question to ask? We would love to hear about it. Share your thoughts in the comments box below to start a conversation.

 

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