Tips to Remember when You have Flood Damage in Your Palmer Lake Property
Preparation for Flooding in Palmer Lake Can Mitigate Damage
Floods happen all across America, affecting entire neighborhoods and cities at one time. Individual homes who escape the damage are considered to be incredibly lucky. When a flood hits your home, there are some things that you can do to lessen the damage. Using these tips can help reduce the harm experienced if you act on them before the flood approaches the area where you live.
Palmer Lake residents have had their fair share of flood damage in the past. New risks are created each time flooding occurs. These risks happen throughout each home and include the outside areas, also. SERVPRO can help in the restoration of your home and the contents inside, but there are steps you can take to minimize the damage but only when you have sufficient time.
Saving Your Food
Floods contain many different types of hazards. These risks include pathogens that can cause disease. Cross-contamination can happen very easily. Using a can opener on a can of food that is cooked and then using the same can opener on a can of food that is uncooked can cause cross-contamination. Food that is not in cans has much more apparent damage than canned goods has. If there is time between finding out there is a flood on the way, and when you need to leave your home, if you could move your food to a higher location, your food could be saved from becoming contaminated.
Because floods can create a need for evacuations that last for more than a few days, your refrigerator can not keep the food in it adequately chilled or frozen. Water from the flood can also enter refrigerators and freezers quite quickly and ruin the contents. Bagging up the contents beforehand can save you from needing to handle contaminated food products later. After a flood happens, restoring your home is much more involved than drying things out. SERVPRO always ensures that things are cleaned and sanitized. Any food items, even canned or jarred goods, which become submerged must be disposed of and not used.
Reducing the Risk of Electrical Shock
Unplugging your appliances before a flood can help prevent shocks or electrocution when flood waters recede, and you first re-enter your home. Your refrigerator, dishwasher, garbage disposal, and electric stove should all be unplugged from the wall. The same goes for your washer and dryer. Other items in your home, such as the water softener, gears for the garage door, lamps, television sets, and clocks should not be left plugged in. SERVPRO has partnered with different service providers who can test and repair electronic equipment, including television sets and computers. You may also consider shutting down your main line to the electrical panel.
Prevention of Smaller Items being Relocated by the Flood
You can make things a bit safer for re-entering if you move smaller items to areas that are not affected by the flood. Moving chairs, rugs, smaller tables, floor lamps, and shoes and boots left on the floor to a higher area or floor can help. If these items are not in harm's way during the flood, they can not pose a hazard to you or your family when you return.
Your safety is more important than anything in your home. Following any evacuation instructions when given can help save you and your family members from harm.
When it is safe to return to your home, SERVPRO can get everything dried out and cleaned up. Call SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs / Tri-Lakes at (719) 434-4626 to help restore your home and ensure that your family can live there again safely.