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Hurricane Water Damage Restoration In Queens & Long Island
How to clean up after a storm:
Lots of high profile storms have ripped their way through the world in the last few years. Hurricanes are getting bigger, more frequent, and coming ashore more often thanks to a rapidly warming climate. No matter how well prepared you are for hurricane season, the sheer damage a hurricane can do when it passes close or directly over your home or business is frightening. If you've been hit by a hurricane, here are a few things you can do to get cleaned up after a storm.
Check for water damage:
Even if your house wasn't subject to flooding, water damage can occur in a surprising number of ways. A broken window from flying debris can allow torrential rain pushed by wind to pour into the house. Water from storm drains or sewage can also back up, causing damage to your home even when you're not in a flood area.
If you see water damage, call a specialist in water damage restoration. Water damage technicians have the tools and knowledge needed to limit the damage as much as possible, saving money in the long run.
Check the safety of the area:
Water damage comes with its own inherent dangers. Fallen power cables landing in water can turn a dangerous live wire into a large electrocution risk. Softened wood flooring can give way unexpectedly, and if the water has been there more than 24 hours, mold can be a serious risk factor.
Remove water if possible:
Standing water needs to be removed as quickly as possible in order to reduce the amount of damage sustained. This can be done through wet/dry vacs, or just plain towels if there is only a little bit of water. If there's a lot of standing water (more than a foot) you will need an expert to help you. If you remove the water too quickly, it can cause damage to the foundation. It's much safer to have an expert do it and reduce the risk of damage to the home, than to try and do it yourself and possibly destroy the building.
Move what you can:
Wood furniture can lead to stains on the carpeting. Move them off of the carpeting, or place a protective layer such as tin foil underneath to prevent staining. Take textiles such as rugs outside of the home and hang them to dry.
Hurricanes are frightening and destructive, but they don't have to be the end of the world—or the end of your home. You can preserve your house by taking steps to dry your home until professional help arrives, or hire a professional to get things done start to finish.
One final tip: Be weary of any company that shows up unannounced after a storm offering repair services. Reputable companies are too busy to be going door to door, and it's just as likely to be a scam as a real company trying to drum up business.