Last time readers stopped by for a quick, informative article, they learned valuable information on long-term planning for weather emergencies such as tropical storms and hurricanes. Today, we wish to inform our readers on ways to salvage valuables and parts of your home such as electrical wiring. Speak with your local business, Sanford Electric Company II, if you desire fair prices and exceptional reliability.
The cleanup Dos and Don’ts:
After a storm hits a city like ours, there can be intense damage done to parks, buildings, and houses. Sanford electricians are always pulled in multiple directions after storms due to the demand in the storm cleanup period. First, you should know how to salvage your valuables after flooding or water intrusion.
Severe weather can take a toll on your mental health. Heavy rain can add up leaving you with more damage than expected. When people are faced with the cleanup, mucking out the house, tearing down drywall, and recovering keepsakes can present dangers.
For those not experienced with electrical wiring, do not attempt tearing down saturated drywall- especially if you are not in the construction and development field. Sure, save treasured family items and pictures, but be aware of your surroundings. Avoid letting children rummage through items.
Be extra cautious about electrical outlets. If you indoor walls or windows are wet, this is a sign you need an inspection. Call an electrician to lookover the affected areas, both indoor and outdoor.
After examining the damage, there should be a list of issues needing repairs. Prioritize the most dangerous electrical damage first. Discuss the price and work, and gather a few quotes.
Saving valuables affected by water:
Saving valuables can be a race against the clock. Mold can form within forty-eight hours. Take note of smells.
Determine what type of water you are dealing with. Salty, dirty, or contaminated water touched by sewage or chemicals can cost a pretty penny. Contact a professional conservator to deal with the valuables that have come in contact with toxic water. By not doing so, you are putting everyone’s health at risk.
If you suspect the water is untainted, begin the process of reducing humidity as you clean and dry the affected items. FEMA has a checklist which will give you great insight on how to do so properly.
Unfortunately, people may not have the opportunity to save everything after flooding or water damage. Prioritize items based off of cost and sentimental value. Consider insurance as well.
You may not need to salvage your electronics due to your chosen insurance plan. Most often, the most devastating losses cannot be assigned dollar amounts. They are sentimentally priceless.
Consider which pictures are not scanned in or which childhood toys were damaged. What would you miss most? There may be recipes hand-written or your grandfather’s certificates that were soaked.
Electrical damage caused by water:
Start off there, and call Sanford Electric to deal with the electrical damage. Never attempt to do electrical work or cleanup after water damage. Water damage can be caused by a bathroom leak, laundry room leak, or storm. Join us next week as we share steps you can easily handle during storm cleanup.
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