Flood damage can be very harmful to a home. Not only it is costly to repair damages, but it can also ruin things with sentimental value. It is critical for homeowners to do as many things as they can to prevent flood damage before it happens.
Make Sure Appliances are Shut Off When Leaving The House
It can be easy to leave the appliances running when you leave the house. It is very tempting to get that last load of laundry completed or to make sure the dishes are clean before dinner. However, it is vital not to leave appliances running in the house when you are not home. If one of the appliances were to break and leak, you could be looking at a lot of flood damage. This is especially problematic if you have a basement. If the dishwasher starts leaking, the water can easily go through the ceiling and damage the basement as well.
Address Leaks Immediately
The second thing that all homeowners should do is address leaks immediately. If you realize there is a small leak under the kitchen sink or that the shower is constantly dripping, call a plumber immediately. Small leaks can sometimes turn into big leaks that cause flood damage in the house.
Inspect Roof and Clean Gutters
Another important homeowner responsibility is to periodically have the roof inspected. If the roof becomes damaged, it can lead to leaks, which could cause flood damage in the house. In addition to getting the roof inspected, get the gutters cleaned twice a year. A clogged gutter can overfill and will not properly flow water away from the house. This can lead to water flowing into the basement and cause flooding.
Invest in a Sump Pump
Homeowners with a basement that easily floods should invest in a sump pump. If the water table is above the foundation of the home, it can cause the basement to flood. A sump pump will pump water away from the house to ensure that the basement does not flood during rainy or snowy times.
Let Soil-Away Help With Your Flood Damage
No homeowner wants to come home to a flooded house. Flood damage can be costly and can ruin important and sentimental items in the home. It can also cause structural damage to the home. As a homeowner, work to prevent floods in as many ways as you can in the house. If your home does experience a flood, call Soil-Away. We will work to dry and restore your property as quickly as possible. Contact us today for more information about the flood restoration process.
Each season has the potential to bring storm damage to your home. Whether the damage is from flooding, lightning, hurricanes, a nor’easter, or high winds, you’ll need a professional to restore the property. At Soil-Away, we are here to help. Our family-owned business has expertise in the area of home restoration. Here are three things we do to restore properties after a storm.
Assessment of Property
The first step in the storm damage restoration process is to inspect the property in order to assess damages. We inspect the house for standing water and water damage. Then we will check for wind damage by looking at the windows, doors, and siding. In addition, we assess the house for any fire damage caused by lightning strikes. The team will also analyze floodwater to determine whether it is contaminated. Floodwaters can contain various toxins that are dangerous to residents. Because of this, it is crtiical to understand the type of floodwater present. This helps us properly sanitize your home.
Restoration of Property
After the initial assessment, it is time to restore! If there is water in the house, we use equipment to remove the water and then dry the area. There is also a moisture-detecting device that will check for any hidden moisture that could potentially cause mold growth. We will also decontaminate and sanitize the house. This protects residents against any toxins that floodwaters brought in. Anything that is damaged beyond repair will be removed and replaced.
Working with Insurance
Dealing with insurance companies after storm damage can be very overwhelming. It is a long process that leaves many homeowners feeling frustrated. At Soil-Away, we will help you deal with your insurance company. We assist you in filling out an insurance claim and will provide the insurance company with any documentation that they need.
Storms can cause a lot of damage to homes. Not only can your house need a lot of repairs, but it also may contain potential toxins from things such as contaminated floodwaters. Have no fear; Soil-Away is here to help you through the entire process. We will assess the damages, clean, repair, sanitize, dry, and more! In addition, we work with the insurance company so that your claim is filed and processed in a timely fashion. If your house is hit by storm damage, contact Soil-Away immediately.