What to Do After a Cedar Hill Storm
What to Do After the Storm
Summer is a wonderful season, but it often comes with rainfall and serious Cedar Hill storms that can potentially significantly damage structures, such as homes. Any disaster involving water can cause issues not only on the exterior, but in the interior of the home as well. Once the storm has passed, it is crucial that you know what you should do, and what you should avoid doing. The following is a list of tips that you can use as a guide when you are trying to restore damage to your property.
- Take pictures of the damage, and present them to your insurance agent immediately.
- Make sure that you stay safe while you are checking for damage. Look out for power lines that have fallen down and be sure not to walk in water that may be electrically charged.
- Examine the plumbing on the interior and exterior of the structure. Shut off the water supply at the main source, if you need to do so. If you see pipe damage, contact a professional.
- Disconnect any appliances that may have been exposed to water; do this immediately. Shut off the main power source, and if there are any potentially damaged electrical wires, contact an electrician.
- Look for missing shingles on your roof. However, avoid trying to repair the roof yourself, as you would risk injury and may cause even more damage. Contact a professional contractor.
- If there is flooding, contact a professional restoration company, such as SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County, as soon as possible. They will have qualified technicians who possess the required knowledge and tools to properly handle Cedar Hill flooding damage.
- Do not try to move large trees that have fallen on your own; contact a professional to do this.
- If your vehicle is damaged, cover broken windows. Make a written list of the damaged items in the car, and notify your insurance agent.
- Be aware that some companies attempt to take advantage of people after natural disasters. Make sure that you only work with local contractors with good reputations that you can trust, and get a written contract that details costs and all the work to be done.
Contact your local SERVPRO Office to deal with damage from floods and storms, as well as for remediation services after house fires. They can assist in determining the extent of damage and restoring your home to its original state.
What To Do After Flooding
- Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
- Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
- Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
- Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
- Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
- Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
- Gather loose items from floors.
What NOT To Do After Flooding
- Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
- Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
- Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
- Don't use television or other household appliances.
- Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.
Storm and flood damage can be devastating. Immediate action is required, and you need a company with storm damage experience. SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County Professionals have the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions. If you experience Storm Damage in the Cedar Hill area we can help. Call us 24/7 at (972) 227-0800.