8 Flood Restoration Facts that Victims of Hurricane Irma and Harvey Should Know

Hurricane season has been devastating for the country, and in particularly the thousands of homeowners whose homes were damaged or destroyed by two of the most relentless hurricanes: Harvey and Irma. While the country has been working together to provide the victims of Irma and Harvey some relief, little can be done for the thousands that have suffered from merciless flooding that has damaged their homes. But as a victim of hurricane Irma and Harvey, it’s important to know that the worst of it has come and now is the time for rebuilding. While restoring your home is unlikely to occur overnight, it will give your family the sense of security they need to move past this tough time. If your family has suffered at the hands of hurricane Irma and Harvey, check out these 8 flood restoration facts that victims of hurricane Irma and Harvey Should know.

What is the government doing?
The federal government has initiated the NFIP, aka the National Flood Insurance Program that tries to reduce the financial impact of flooding on homes. But it also encourages communities as a whole to engage and enforce flood plain management regulations. But as good as it sounds, the National Flood Insurance Protection Program will unlikely be able to help every family restore their home. And in fact, they have a long history of failing to achieve their intended goals. Therefore, this program alone may not be able to help you with flood restoration as well as you would hope.
Should I attempt flood restoration myself?

If you don’t have the money to hire someone to restore your home, nor can you get the aid you need, your options will be limited. But if you can afford to hire professionals, it may be the best course of action. Of course if the situation is to dangerous, it may be best to sell your home and move on.

What is the advantage of hiring someone?

When it comes to flood restoration, there are a number of potential hazards that could actually make it dangerous. Electrical hazards, potential carbon monoxide poisoning, handling of hazardous chemicals and bacteria infected water are all things you will have to deal with. You’ll also need to battle mold and make sure you disinfect everything, especially if there are children or elderly family members in the home. Professionals will be well-equipped to safely avoid these hazards. More importantly, they are likely to have all of the necessary equipment that you might need to rent or buy in order to finish the job.

Will my private insurance cover flood restoration?

Sometimes insurers will indeed cover flood restoration, however not all will, and those companies that do charge high premiums depending on where you live because of the high potential risk. Therefore, many families will not be covered for flood restoration, which is where the NFIP comes in.

What are the primary areas of damage affecting my home?

As a hurricane victim, a variety of areas in your home have likely been destroyed as a result of hurricane damage. The high winds and flooding can damage your home in numerous ways. While the winds can easily take out windows and blow in garage doors, flooding will occur as the result of clogged gutters and drainspouts, as well as roof and window damage. Additionally, the soil under your home may become oversaturated, which can also cause flooding. These are things that may need to be addressed when restoring your home.

Are there emergency restoration services available?

Emergency restoration services are available. Companies like PuroClean are experts in providing fast flood restoration relief nationwide. PuroClean is a proud sponsor of the American Red Cross and has help numerous families with flood restoration and can help you too. They are here to answer the call 24 hours a day and seven days a week, so you'll never feel forgotten.

What steps for restoration should I take on my own?

At the very least, you should work to secure your property from further damage. This includes boarding up windows, and putting up tarps over your roof. You also might want to remove water from your home by purchasing a sump pump and wet vac. You’ll also want to be sure to remove anything like beds or carpeting that could be carrying mold. You can try to restore these items or throw them away.

Do I need to sterilize my home?

The most obvious damage that comes from flood is the moisture that gets into the walls and flooring, becoming a breeding ground for bacteria, mold and other microorganisms. Part of your flood restoration should involve sanitizing your home to reduce the number of microorganisms, sterilizing to destroy microorganisms or disinfecting to stop the growth of microorganisms.

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