By Blake Swecker
When you talk about disaster recovery, especially after last year, everyone’s mind immediately goes to storm damage. While Tennessee missed the worst of the winds and water this time, tornados and flash flooding still cost millions in repair and restoration every year.
Any restoration service you hire should be licensed, bonded, and trained to deal with flooding from bodies of water like Beaver Creek, roof damage, ripped out rain gutters, missing siding, and more from high winds, driving rain, snow, and sleet. Any technician who comes to your home must know how to secure your home from further damage, determine how much there is, and quickly remove water.
Their first task should be to board up broken windows and doors with plywood, and cover damage to your roof with plywood and plastic sheeting to protect the interior. Rain entering through a broken living room window can soak carpets, furniture, and structural property like drywall and wood paneling.
A small section of your roof with missing tiles and a damaged panel underneath lets the water come in and soak everything inside to include personal property, structural supports, and the insulation keeping your home warm this winter. Taking these actions also protects your home from trespassers, vandals, and animal intrusions such as raccoons or possums setting up a new home in your attic.
As the restoration team secures your home, one of their inspectors determines what property is damaged, the amount of personnel needed to restore your home, and the equipment and chemical agents needed for the task. They need all this for a restoration plan that meets your approval and your insurance company also.
After you sign off on this plan, they should immediately begin removing any standing water. The tools for this are commercial grade pumps and water extraction wands. All members of the restoration team must be trained to use these devices to prevent causing secondary damage to your carpets, floors, walls, and personal property like a living room sofa.
These steps are the first a trained restoration company must take to preserve your home and property after the next storm travels parallel along I-81 and reaches you. Take the time now to find a licensed agency that takes care of your home as they would their own.
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