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Recovering From a Flood Disaster, Safely | SERVPRO of Dover/Stillwater

3/15/2024 (Permalink)

Heavy rain caused flooding in street, water swirling around storm drain No matter where the water comes from, SERVPRO of Dover/Stillwater is ready to restore flood damage to your property!

Have you ever watched the rain fall from the safety of your house and been impressed with how powerful nature is? While we can appreciate the comfort and safety of our homes during severe weather, it is also the unfortunate fact that our homes aren’t invincible and they can suffer significantly during powerful weather events.

Strong storms can produce strong wind and heavy rain that can overwhelm the ground, causing flash flooding issues quickly. As the water builds up and flows down the street, your home could easily become compromised. Follow the tips below to help you navigate an unfortunate flood disaster in your home. 

Safety First 

It is important to remember that flash flood warnings can be issued even if it is not actively raining. That said, you still need to take action right away so you are ready for when the rain does start to fall. 

Head home if you aren’t already there, and be sure to avoid any low-lying areas or roads that are prone to flooding. A few inches of fast-moving water have the potential to sweep you off your feet, so stay inside once you get home.

If you know that your home is in a flood zone, consider shutting off electricity to your lower levels and moving anything important or sentimental to higher ground. Tie down any outdoor furniture or anything that is too heavy to bring inside but still vulnerable to being swept away by the moving water. 

Responding to a Flooded Home 

If the water starts to sneak into your home, do your best not to panic. There really isn’t much you can do about the situation until the storm has passed and the water stops rushing in. 

Simply stay above the water line and stay dry. Once the water stops flowing, use caution when moving about your home and avoid coming into contact with the water. Floodwater can easily become dangerous as it picks up chemicals, debris and sharp objects, so wear sturdy boots and gloves if you must walk through the water.  

Avoid broken glass, bent nails or any visible structural damage as you make your way to safety. Once your family is accounted for and you have checked on your neighbors, pick up the phone and give us a call. 

How Our Flood Restoration Process Works 

We know that time is of the essence when it comes to responding to flood disasters, so we will have already prepared our teams and trucks as soon as a flood watch or warning is issued. We will be able to jump right into action for you exactly when you need us!

Our team will get to work removing the standing water and securing your home from further damage. We are dedicated to saving as much of your home as possible, which is why we focus on a “restore vs. replace” mentality. We will pay just as much attention to your soft upholstery and fragile objects as to your more obvious structural damage. Our team is ready 24/7 to help you overcome your next flood disaster!

Dealing with flood damage? Call SERVPRO of Dover/Stillwater right away.

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