No matter where you live you can’t escape Mother Nature. Sure, you might be able to avoid some of her wrath but you can’t always anticipate what the weather is going to be like at any time. Thus—depending on where you live—you might face threat of fire or flood at certain times of the year.
At the same time, you can also experience fire and flood for other reasons. An electrical short, for example, can start a fire in your home, even when no one is around. Similarly, a pipe can burst or your roof can leak and that can result in water or even flooding damage.
Sure, as a homeowner you probably have insurance to cover you in the event of such an emergency, but you still have to be prepared to repair and recover from the damage.
With that in mind, here are some Renovco ways you can start working on the repair and restoration effort to prevent more damage from flood or fire.
RECOVERING FROM FLOOD DAMAGE
After a flood, or even perhaps a really bad leak, here are some of the things you should do to minimize risk or damage until you are able to get more assistance:
- Remove as much water as you can (mopping, blotting, etc)
- Remove lamps and other tabletop items
- Wipe away extra moisture from all wood furniture
- Slide aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs (on carpet) to reduce water damage
- Remove all colored rugs from wet carpets to avoid color bleed
- Remove all art objects (take them to storage)
- Pick up all loose items
- The air conditioner can help speed along the drying process
In addition, always make practical assessments of how you should approach this process as you await emergency services and professional assistance.
RECOVERING FROM FIRE DAMAGE
After a fire, here are some of the things you should do to ensure no additional damage:
- Restrict foot traffic (prevents spreading/embedding of soot)
- Use clean towels and/or old linens to walk on rugs and carpets
- Empty the freezer/refrigerator (because you typically want to turn off the electricity)
- Clean chrome fixtures with petroleum jelly
- Clean houseplants with water
- Change your HVAC filter
- Tape two or more layers of cheesecloth over the air vents as a means to help filtering the soot and dirt and dust from the air