After a Hurricane
Recovering after a hurricane can be difficult, emotionally, physically, and safety wise. The damage that a hurricane can bring can leave you overwhelmed, not knowing where to begin cleaning up or how to return to normal. That is why we are here to help you through this tiresome process.
First things first, immediately after a storm you will want to ensure that your family and your pets are safe. Getting them to safety is your priority. Don’t worry about any material objects or your home as hard as it may be. Reaching a place of safety is of utmost importance.
Home Recovery and Safety
If you have evacuated your home, do not return to it until the storm is completely gone and you have been advised that it is safe to do so. When you are able to get back into your home, call your insurance company right away to assess your damage and determine coverage.
Start taking pictures of the damage and documenting items.
Focus on the items that need to be repaired immediately to keep your home secure, such as your roof, doors, and windows.
Use flashlights rather than candles for your light source to avoid a fire hazard.
Do not consume food from your refrigerator if the temperature has been over 40 degrees for more than two hours.
Outdoor Recovery and Safety
Stay away and out of flood water. Not only can it be strong and dangerous but it can also be contaminated. If you must go in it, wear a life vest and wash your hands right afterward.
Do not drive in flooded areas.
Report any down power lines and do not go near them.
Do not drink your water before finding out if it is safe.
Keep away from any stray animals you see.
Take care of any fallen trees on your home or in your yard.
Call a gas company right away if you smell gas.
If you have to rebuild your home, this can take some time. Be patient and don’t stress trying to get everything done all at once. Think about the areas of your home that are the most important and deal with the others later. Ask for help and if needed hire a professional to do the repairs. If you should need assistance recovering from a hurricane or storm, ServiceMaster Restoration offers full water mitigation and reconstruction services. We know how difficult this time can be and will work hard to restore you home and give you peace of mind.
Call us today at (704) 324-8528