Safety After a Storm
J.R. Johnson, LLC knows that in times like this, you need all the help and support you can get. A storm-damaged house can be very dangerous and may be structurally unsound, here are some important reminders for you and your family to stay safe.
Safety and security tips after a storm.
- Poor or incomplete restoration will leave you with an unhealthy home for your family. Standards for emergency restoration are constantly revised. Insist that the work done meets the most up-to-date industry standards. Ask your contractor what edition and guides he uses to ensure they reflect the most current standards.
- Personal protection. A storm-damaged house can be very dangerous and may be structurally unsound. If it is, emergency services like the fire department will not allow you on the site. Ask onsite emergency services personnel about conditions of access. They may allow a qualified restoration contractor into the house.
- If a fire was involved, your house may still have dangerous chemicals produced by the fire or from fighting the fire. The house will be dark, probably wet and likely already be growing mold.
- Floors can be slippery and there may be sharp and jagged items lying around. If you are allowed back in your house, wear safety boots, a hardhat, and protection for your lungs and eyes. Your fire department and restoration contractor can recommend proper safety gear.
- Don’t go into your house alone. Investigate in teams of at least two, one of whom is a professional.
- Questions of sensitivity. If you or anyone in your family is sensitive to chemicals or mold, make sure that everyone involved in restoring your house knows that fact. You may have to insist that your contractor take special precautions. Your physician may be willing to write on your behalf to your insurance professional, contractors or others if you have special needs.
Depending on the extent of damage, you may need to do the following
- Install new carpeting, hardwood or other flooring materials as necessary
- Replace any sheetrock or wall materials in the damaged and affected area
- Install temporary roofing
- Ensure indoor air quality
- Arrange for content storage & protection
- Replace any electrical systems or plumbing that may have been damaged
- Clean and sanitize the area to remove and prevent mold
- Apply the appropriate paint and coatings to surfaces
- In case of water damage, the vital first step in preventing mold growth is getting relative humidity at the surface of materials below 65 per cent within two days. This is why it is important to start drying as soon as possible