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How to Deal with Residential Water Damage

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

How to Deal with Residential Water Damage

 Assess the damage. Before you begin your cleanup effort, first determine if rebuilding is even a worthwhile option. Take ample photos and other documentation to show the insurance company.

Rescue your most valuable possessions. If you can, find and remove your most important items from the flooded area, such as heirlooms, money, jewelry, etc. Don't spend too much time extracting and cleaning individual items, as the water is still doing damage to your home.

Get rid of standing water. The longer the water sits, the more damage it will cause. As soon as it is safe, pump out any standing water. If you are dealing with a natural flood, wait to pump until the flood waters have receded below your house.[2]

  • Wear proper protective gear. When working in a flooded area, be sure to wear rubber boots, gloves, and a mask or respirator.
  • Keep children and pets away from any standing flood water, as it is often contaminated.
  • Place the pump at the lowest spot of the flooded floor. If the water is deep, you may need to lower the pump using a nylon rope.
  • If dealing with a small amount of flooding, you may be able to use a wet-dry shop vacuum to remove the water. These often only hold 4–5 gallons (15.1–18.9 L), so you may find yourself emptying it often.

https://www.wikihow.com/Deal-with-Residential-Water-Damage

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WHAT TYPES OF STORM DAMAGE DOES HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE COVER?

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

Lightning Strikes and Power Surges

Should lightning strike your home or other structure covered by your policy, the resulting damage, such as fire or smoke damage, is typically covered by homeowners insurance. Some policies also provide coverage for power surges and outages that are the result of a lightning strike, such as damaged electronics or appliances. As with any coverage, limits will apply. Check your policy or contact your agent to learn the types and amount of coverage it provides.

Wind, Hail and Fallen Trees

If a strong storm roars through, you may find your siding damaged by hail and shingles that the wind ripped off the roof. Homeowners insurance typically covers wind damage. Coverage also usually includes damage from hail, wind-driven rain or snow that gets inside the home when a roof or wall is damaged due to wind. Most policies also offer some coverage for fallen trees that damage your home, provided the tree broke because of a storm or wind.

https://www.allstate.com/tr/home-insurance/homeowners-insurance-cover-storm-damage.aspx

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For Homes, Businesses, Schools & More…

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

For Homes, Businesses, Schools & More…

After the flood waters recede and the clean-up has been done, most folks want to get back into their homes or businesses and start rebuilding. The problem is that wood that has been submerged in water has likely absorbed a large amount of water. Rebuilding too quickly after a flood can cause continuing problems such as mold growth, insect infestations, and deterioration of the wood and wall coverings.

Flood waters are not clean water; therefore, most porous building materials must be removed and replaced with new materials.

Caution!

  • Inspect for structural and electrical damage from outside to determine if it is safe to enter.
  • Electrical safety is extremely important in floods. Check for fire hazards and gas leaks. Use battery-powered light sources.
  • Never mix chlorine bleach with ammonia or vinegar.
  • Wear sturdy shoes, rubber gloves, and eye protection.
  • Be watchful for fire ants, snakes, or other animals.
  • If mold is present, wear a respirator that can filter spores.

https://agrilifeextension.tamu.edu/solutions/water-damage-restoration-clean-up-checklist/

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Take precautions after a flood or other water damage

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

Take precautions after a flood or other water damage

Always be on the lookout for signs of possible mold growth, such as musty smells or watermarks on walls and ceilings. In the event of a major water incident:

  • Remove standing water as quickly as possible. Standing water is a breeding ground for microorganisms, which can become airborne and be inhaled.
  • Properly dry or remove soaked fabric items—like carpets, padding and upholstery—within 24 – 48 hours after a flood to prevent mold growth. Anything that can’t be properly dried should be discarded and replaced.
  • Remove early mold growth by doing a thorough cleaning with bleach and water. To prevent mold from re-growing, wash and disinfect all areas that have been flooded. This includes walls, floors, closets, shelves, as well as heating and air-conditioning systems.
  • Bag and dispose of any material with moldy residue, such as rags, paper or debris to prevent mold from spreading.
  • To prevent mold from re-growing, it is essential that the source of the moisture be eliminated.
  • For serious mold problems,get the advice and assistance of a mold remediation expert—your insurance agent might be able to put you in touch.
  • Contact your insurance professional if believe your mold problem is caused by a covered peril

https://www.iii.org/article/protecting-your-house-mold.

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Maintain and understand your indoor plumbing systems

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

Maintain and understand your indoor plumbing systems

  • Inspect appliance hoses and faucetsMake it a practice every year to check hoses leading to water heaters, dishwashers, washing machines and refrigerator ice makers. You may also want to invest in a water leak monitoring and shut-off system that can alert you to any leakage issues. Immediately replace any hoses that have cracks or leaks, and replace them all every five to seven years.
  • Inspect showers and tubs. Check the seal and caulking around showers and tubs to make sure they are watertight and reseal if necessary.
  • When away on vacation, shut off the water supply to the washing machine and never leave the house while the washer or dishwasher is running.
  • Know the location of the main water shut-off valve in your home. A damaged hose or a burst pipe can send water racing into your home. Being able to locate and shut off the main water supply quickly will save stress, money and time.
  • Install an emergency pressure release valve in your plumbing system. This will protect against the increased pressure caused by freezing pipes and can help prevent your pipes from bursting.
  • Check plumbing and heating pipes. Look closely for cracks and leaks and have any necessary repairs made immediately.

https://www.iii.org/article/how-protect-your-home-water-damage

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Blood Spills on Furniture

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

Blood Spills on Furniture

Like bodily fluid spills on carpet, spills on furniture are difficult to clean as well. There are, however, certain steps you can take to make sure it is as clean and safe as possible. As is the case with blood spills on carpet, it is important to contain the spill as quickly as possible.

Cleaning blood off of furniture depends on what type of furniture is contaminated. Cloth furniture needs more treatment than wood or metal furniture. Depending on the type of cloth furniture and the degree of the spill, the best cleaning method is to remove the cloth covering, if possible, and launder it by itself on a warm wash cycle. If the cloth furniture does not have a removable cover, then it is best to treat the spot as you would a blood spill on carpet and disinfect, let sit, and repeat several times.

There are also professional services that can clean furniture much more effectively and thoroughly if the spill is severe enough. Blood spills on metal and wood furniture are not as laborious as those on cloth furniture, but it is important to point out that bloodborne pathogens are still a threat. Metal, wood and any other non-porous furniture should be cleaned just like a blood spill on a non-carpeted surface.

https://cultureofsafety.thesilverlining.com/safety-tips/proper-blood-clean-up/

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Causes of sewer backups

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

Causes of sewer backups

  • Tree roots ?Seeking moisture, small roots of trees and shrubs make their way into sewer line cracks and service pipe joints, and can cause extensive damage or blockages as they grow larger. The cost of the clean-up will fall to the problem tree's owner. When the issue is a result of a combination of city and private trees, the costs are sometimes split between the city and the property owner.
  • Sanitary main blockages ? A blockage can occur in a city sanitary main. If the blockage is not detected in time, sewage from the main can back up into homes and businesses through floor drains. Usually this happens slowly and there are early indications of a problem. If you see seepage at the floor drains, call a licensed plumber to assess the situation and the damage. If water is entering into your basement at a rapid rate, call the city public works office and report the problem immediately.

https://www.iii.org/article/protect-your-house-from-sewer-backups

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What to do if you experience a sewer backup

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

What to do if you experience a sewer backup

A sewer backup can lead to disease, destruction of your valuables, damage to your house or business, and can even result in electrical malfunctions. Prompt cleanup of affected property can help minimize the inconvenience and prevent mold or further damage. If you experience a sewer backup situation, immediately arrange for the cleanup of your property. This should include:

  • Wet-vacuuming or removal of spillage
  • Mopping floors and wiping walls with soap and disinfectant
  • Flushing out and disinfecting plumbing fixtures
  • Steam cleaning or removing wet carpets or drapes
  • Repairing or removing damaged wallboard or wall covering
  • Cleanup of ductwork

https://www.iii.org/article/protect-your-house-from-sewer-backups

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Be Prepared

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

Be Prepared

Whenever you clean up blood or body fluids:

  1. Always wear gloves whenever there is the slightest risk of exposure to blood.
  2. Be alert for sharp objects, such as broken glassware or used syringes, when emptying trash containers.
  3. Don't pick up broken glass directly with your hands. Use a brush and dustpan.
  4. Be sure to wash hands and remove any protective clothing before smoking, drinking, eating, applying cosmetics or lip balm, or handling contact lenses.

* Includes human blood, semen, vaginal secretions, cerebrospinal fluid, pleural fluid, pericardial fluid, peritoneal fluid, amniotic fluid, saliva in dental procedures, tissue, and organs. Also includes any other human body fluid (urine, feces, nasal secretions, vomitus, etc.) that is visibly contaminated with blood

https://ehs.uky.edu/clean.html

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Blood Spills on Carpeted Floors

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

How to Clean Up Blood in Different Types of Conditions

Blood Spills on Carpeted Floors

Blood spills on carpeted floors are some of the most difficult to clean up due its absorbent nature. The majority of buildings contain at least some amount of carpeting, which is why it is important to know how to respond to spills in these areas. Many of the procedures for cleaning up blood on carpet will be the same as any other area, but there are a few additional concerns. In addition, there is no way to disinfect carpet completely so the best option is to sanitize as thoroughly as possible.

  • Work Quickly: Blood or other bodily fluids can harden or set up quickly on carpeting, making it much more difficult to clean. Respond quickly, but make sure to follow all safety precautions like wearing appropriate PPE, securing the area, and ensuring the injured individual is safe.
  • Use Appropriate Products: Bleach and other decontamination products can damage or destroy carpet. The best way to clean these areas is to use manufacturer approved carpet shampoos and cleaners. Make sure you select a product with some anti-microbial properties to help sanitize the area as thoroughly as possible. Another recommendation is that after the area is cleaned and dried repeat the process once or twice more since the absorbent nature of carpet can still conceal some pathogens.

https://cultureofsafety.thesilverlining.com/safety-tips/proper-blood-clean-up/

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