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How Do I Deal with Flash Flooding in My St. Petersburg Home?

4/30/2020 (Permalink)

flooded bedroom with queen size bed Quick action towards water removal can help mitigate the situation. Contact team SERVPRO for efficient remediation services right away after damage.

We Can Arrive Quickly to Help Extract Water, Dry, and Thoroughly Clean Your House After Natural Flooding. 

A phenomenon like flash flooding can be a rapidly developing disaster that can be severely destructive to St. Petersburg homes. With the force that this high volume of water reaches your property, it can penetrate your main floor and crawl space, leaving you substantial water cleanup, extraction, and structural damage to face. Our professionals have a fast response to these emergencies because getting mitigation and debris removal started as soon as possible is the only method of protecting what you can of your property.

Because flood damage in St. Petersburg homes and apartments can vary so significantly, our technicians must stay prepared for many potential outcomes and situations that could develop. A thorough inspection of the property gets conducted as soon as possible to determine the full extent of the damage and what steps are necessary to return it to pre-flood conditions.

What Are the First Steps After Flooding? 

Dealing with the flash flooding damage in your St. Petersburg home involves you acting quickly. While having a set emergency plan is the right approach for you and your family, many residents do not understand the importance of these plans until after a disaster takes place. Because there is such a small window to save some of the contents and structural materials in your home, you should begin by:

  • Contacting Restoration Professionals 

Our SERVPRO professionals have a 24/7 response to flood losses. We are the first call you make because your insurance company wants documentation and evidence to approve a damage claim, and we can do this alongside vital mitigation steps and content management.

  • Preserve Treasured Belongings

Your belongings are at risk when floodwater stands in your house. Some of these items have monetary value and can get replaced rather quickly, but others are invaluable keepsakes. Do what you can to preserve irreplaceable items if it is possible to do this safely.

  • Reach Out to Your Insurance Provider

Living in Florida, many homeowners have sought out broader insurance coverage options that can help to defend their properties against natural disasters like hurricanes and subsequent flooding. Speak with your provider about your specific plan and what they need to begin helping you put the pieces back together.

  • Get Everyone to Safety

The safety of the occupants in your house should be one of the top priorities, and even more vital when you consider that many natural flooding scenarios bring in bacterial and viral threats.

How Fast Can Restorers Arrive?

While we have said that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster for years, we have also been the first in line to prove that statement as well. There is no emergency that our SERVPRO team seeks to help that is not worsened by the passing of time. The faster that our team can arrive and begin mitigation and restoration efforts, the better the outcome for the house and its contents. Much of our fast response can get attributed to:

  • Loaded job trailers and production vehicles
  • 24/7 availability of our experienced technicians
  • Local professionals that can mobilize fast

What Cleaning Steps Must Happen After Flooding?

Cleaning up after a flood involves the use of sophisticated tools and potent chemicals and solvents. Through different phases of restoration and recovery, we have multiple approaches that can help to return your house to its original condition before the disaster. These include:

  • Muck Out

Early in the mitigation stages, when our professionals first arrive at a damaged property, we focus on removing standing water from the premises. Once the standing water has gotten resolved, mud, debris, and other sediments can leave thick soiling of the property. We can shovel and vacuum these areas to begin cleaning it up.

  • Controlled Demolition 

After flooding, there are many circumstances where the removal of compromised structural elements is necessary. Not only can this help to reduce the secondary effects like contamination concerns, but it grants access to our responding technicians to more inaccessible areas.

  • Surface Cleaning

Wipe cleaning is a crucial element of restoring your home after a flood because films and residues are present on many surfaces and structural faces. With the use of numerous potent cleaning products, we can work to recover the surface appeal of these materials when they can get preserved.

  • Disinfection

With natural flooding, the threat of contamination and bacteria entering your home is too much to ignore. Because of this threat, we treat all of these circumstances as though they have the same potential hazards as raw sewage or other bio-threats. Cleaning surfaces with chlorine-based disinfectants and other products can eliminate many bacteria.

  • Post-Reconstruction Cleaning

After flooding, reconstruction is often unavoidable to get your home back to its original condition. Cleaning surfaces and the property after this construction is one of the final steps that our SERVPRO team can take to make the loss “Like it never even happened.”

After a flash flood, there are many cleaning and restoration steps to make your house feel like home again. Give our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg technicians a call right away to help at (727) 522-0000.

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