We all love water, don’t we? But when it becomes too much, it can become a disaster. No one prays for a storm, but like many things in life, storms can be predicted but hardly avoidable.
Apart from flood water, there are other ways to get water damage in your home; two examples are groundwater and home water system malfunction. Many people believe that such water will certainly dry and go away. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. If water damage is left unattended to, and on time, it can lead to a more serious problem. And while we are talking about water damage, we will also look at some of the basic steps to take after a storm. But before then, why don’t we take a look at what will happen if you fail to clean up after a storm:
Exposure to diseases and illnesses
After a storm, there is bound to be stagnant water stuck in your lawn and environment. This is why it is very important to have a proper drainage system in your home. But aside from that, flood water comes with some hazardous contaminants such as fungi or bacteria, chemical pollutants, toxic waste, and sewage.
Faulty plumbing leakages may not be so pleasant but there is no way to compare it with storm or flood water that is dirty and nasty at the same time. Even if you decide to wait it out and allow the water to dry on its own, it will take a long time to evaporate. And when that happens, you will be left with waste that can expose you and your family to danger. So, you should definitely think of storm cleanup and storm cleanup companies like Precise Landscaping Services in such situations.
Reduce your property’s curb appeal
There is no way your home will retain an impressive curb appeal if you leave stormwater unattended to. The untreated water damage will spell doom when you want to put your property up for sale. Only a few people will be interested in buying your land and at a price, you sure won’t be happy with. And not just that, when you have guests over, they will be able to tell that there is a residue of stormwater that wasn’t attended to. There is certainly nothing to gain by avoiding storm cleanup.
A home for bugs, insects, and fungus
Stagnant water is the perfect place for insects to hatch their eggs. When hatched, they spread bacteria and diseases. The stagnant water creates a conducive atmosphere for mildew and mold to spread as it evaporates. There is no way to prevent them from building a nest in your home and spreading diseases to other parts of your home.
Weak walls and floors
The worst thing that can happen to your walls and floors is to be exposed to stagnant water. It’s even worse if the floor and wall are made of wood. Your walls and floors will slowly absorb the water leaving room for mold to grow. You will be exposing your home to structural risk.
Don’t ever waste time in storm damage cleanup after a storm.
Risk of electrical faults and electrocution
Water and electricity do not go well together. Electrical wiring, fuse boxes, or any other outlets, when exposed to water, can expose you to risk of electrocution. Even after a storm cleanup, make sure you call a professional to check that everything is working properly and no wire is exposed.
Now that we have taken some time to explain some of the dangers of not attending to stormwater, it’s time to see what you should do in the aftermath of a storm:
Think of Safety First
It is advisable to shut off the power supply to the house when dealing with stormwater. You can never be too careful. And if you choose to switch off the outlets instead, you might forget one or two power outlets. Also, there could still be power left in the outlets that you switched off. The best option is to turn off the power supply from the control switch.
Why this is important is because stormwater may soak through your floor to the wall and reach the electrical wiring. And if you notice broken pipes, shut off the water supply and avoid using sewage for a while, especially if it appears plugged.
Document the damage for the insurance company
It is advisable you get to safety first in the event of a storm. But if and when you eventually get safe access to your property, try to take pictures of the damage as much as you can. This will serve as proof that you can present to your insurance company. You will do well to take an inventory of the exterior as well as the interior part of your property. Depending on the insurance policy, you may have to consult with them to send a professional to take note of the ruins also.
Repair the roof
While planning to clean up the storm, don’t forget to fix the roof (if affected) since it will prevent further stormwater from getting into your home. You should have your roof inspected and repaired in time to have one less thing to worry about.
Get help from professionals
There are a lot of risks associated with cleaning up after a storm. Your best bet would be to get the help of professionals that are good at what they do to help you out. These companies already know the dangers involved and have gone through training to be able to tackle it.
Do not neglect the amount of damage that a brief storm can do. But with the timely intervention of professional storm cleanup companies like Precise Landscaping Services, you will be able to save a lot.
We will swing into action with our disaster recovery team to give you a storm cleanup and lawn care service that will have your lawn looking as good as new.
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