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Understanding El Niño

Satellite photo of el niñoEl Nino tends to get the blame for many catastrophic hurricanes like Patricia, severe blizzards, and other major storms. But it also influences weather on a smaller, more day to day, scale as well.

A stronger than usual El Nino could extend certain weather patterns. NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) is predicting a 95% chance that the current system will last through the 2015-2016 winter and gradually taper off through the following spring.

El Nino, and its counterpart La Nina, are weather patterns found in the Equatorial Pacific. El Nino systems are characterized by warmer than usual water temperatures in this area, while La Nina systems are characterized by cooler than usual water temperatures in the area. El Nino frequently gets both credit and blame for causing heavy rainfall and destructive flooding in the southern United States and oppressive drought in the West Pacific.

Insurance agents in many areas are taking advantage of El Nino and talking with clients and prospects about insurance coverage for their property, but El Nino isn’t the only time agents and brokers should have these conversations. As we get into the coldest part of winter, agents need to talk with their clients about inspecting roofs and cleaning out gutters before spring rains begin.

According to Jim Gustin, Travelers Insurance Risk Control Department’s property technical director sees the current predictions of El Nino lasting until spring as providing an excellent opportunity for agents to encourage clients to ensure they are prepared for potentially heavy rains and to ensure they have sufficient coverage in place. If you aren’t sure whether you are covered in the event of water damage from flooding, you should call your insurance agent and find out.

Evaluating Flood Risk

You may also want to ask your agent to review your deductibles and coverage, especially if you live near a body of water or in a low lying area. Standard homeowners insurance typically does not cover damage from floods, so you’ll likely need to purchase flood insurance, if you haven’t already. You’ll also need to know how much coverage you have for the contents of your home under your flood policy.

One of the most important factors in emergency planning for any property is evaluating flood risk. Once you know what your flood risk is, then you can go about determining what you have to do to mitigate that risk as much as possible. Ask yourself:

  • Will your sump pump keep running if you lose power?
  • Do you have an emergency generator to power your sump pump to protect your property in the event of a power outage?
  • Are there back pump preventers on sewer drains in your area to prevent debris from flowing back into your building?

Some parts of the country could see winter delayed, thanks to El Nino, but could also find the cold weather lasting longer. It’s not just property damage you need to be concerned about. In Northeast and mid-Atlantic areas, sleet, freezing rain, and heavy snow are normal. Shoveling snow may be part of your winter routine, but how much thought do you give to removing ice from your driveway and the sidewalk in front of your house? If someone falls, you could be liable for their injuries, especially if your town has an ordinance requiring you to keep sidewalks near your property clear of hazards. It’s always a good idea to remove ice from your driveways and sidewalks, even if you aren’t required to.

When you lease property, maintaining the property is typically the responsibility of the owner, but you should still be careful to keep sidewalks, parking lots, and other walking areas safe. You should also be alert to any signs of deterioration due to rain, flooding, ice, snow, or normal wear, so any repairs can be made before weather turns bad.

Inspect Your Roof

If there are any trees near your house, you may want to trim them and remove any dead branches so they cannot fall on the building. Be sure to trim back any branches that could break and cause damage.

You also want to inspect your roof flashing to ensure it is in good condition and secured to keep out water and to protect the roof covering from wind damage.

While you’re looking at your roof, you should be alert to maintenance issues that could increase the potential for roof damage in severe weather. Some things to look for include:

  • Bubbles
  • Missing gravel (flat roofs)
  • Shingles or tiles that are missing or damaged
  • Any deviations in your roof covering
  • Any looseness where the roof covering or flashing attaches to the building

There are different designs in roofs to prevent water accumulation, but regardless of whether you have gutters, downspouts, or roof drains, be sure they are clear of debris which can impede drainage and potentially lead to roof collapse. Check your downspouts to ensure they actually drain water away from your building and not into your basement or crawl space.

Business owners in particular should inspect roofs every month to check for dirt and debris, damage from storms, or even items left behind or damage caused by contractors who may be on the roof to service HVAC systems.

Year End Review

It’s a good idea for anyone to review their insurance policies every year to ensure the policy still meets your needs. Have you purchased any new property or valuable items, or received such items as gifts, in the past year that should be covered? If you haven’t, or if the contents of your home have changed significantly, take an inventory of all your personal property. The easiest way to do this is with a video camera. Your smartphone is probably capable of this. Be sure to inventory all closets and drawers, as well as anything you have stored in the basement, attic, or garage, and any outdoor items you own, such as patio furniture, planters, and lawn and garden equipment.

To help you with this task, many insurance companies offer inventory software, or you can probably find an app for your smartphone for this purpose. Most of these programs will store your inventory in the cloud, so you can access it from anywhere, and doesn’t have to be transferred if you trade in your phone.

Planning

Do you have an emergency plan in place? If not, you need to sit down with your family and figure out what to do in an emergency. How will you get in touch with your family members if disaster strikes when one or more of you aren’t home? Where will you meet if you get separated? Think about how you will get elderly or disabled family members, as well as small children, to safety, especially if you might have to evacuate them from an upstairs window.

Do you have a battery powered radio and enough flashlights? Are the batteries working and do you have extras? You’ll need the flashlights if the power goes out, and the radio will keep you notified of any local announcements.

Emergencies can be especially difficult for small businesses because they often do not have written emergency plans. When disaster strikes, they may not be able to recover.

Planning ahead is the key to being prepared for any emergency, for individuals, families, and businesses.

 

If you are in the San Diego area, and in need of help recovering from a Fire or Flood, call us at (619) 376-6838.

Weather Proof Your Home & Prevent Water Damage

From time to time warm water in the Equatorial Pacific causes weather patterns that cause heavier than usual rainfall in the southern United States. The phenomenon is known as El Nino and can have a huge influence on climate change.

The following outlines a number of steps you can take to protect your property against potential damage from expected rainy weather.

How to Prepare for Heavy Rains

Heavy rains pose a significant risk of flood damage. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  1. Do you have flood insurance? Most standard homeowners insurance does not cover flood damage. If you aren’t sure, call your insurance agent to find out.
  2. Do you have a backup for your sump pump? If not, and if your power goes out in a storm, you could be in trouble.
  3. Do you have a generator in case power goes out?
  4. Are there back pump preventers on the sewer drains in your area?
  5. Does ice or water tend to accumulate on sidewalks?

Roof Leaks

Second to basement flooding, roof damage is one of the most common sources of water damage in heavy rains. Here are some things you can do to prevent problems with your roof in a storm:

  1. Are there trees near your home that need to be trimmed or loose branches that need to be removed?
  2. Does your roof flashing need to be replaced?
  3. Do you have damaged shingles that need to be repaired or missing shingles that need to be replaced?
  4. Is there debris in your gutters or other obstructions that need to be removed?

Taking care of these issues now, before rain hits, will help keep water out of your home.

Emergency Plan

Emergency preparation kit

Emergency preparation kit

Emergency plans aren’t just for business, they are something everyone should have in place. Whether you are in California, where dry brush, drought, and high winds combine to create out of control wildfires, or in the Midwest, where tornadoes are a scary springtime routine, every place has a potential for disaster. You need to have a plan that includes:

  1. How are you going to get in touch with your family? Do you have an established meeting place?
  2. If you have elderly or disabled family members, how will you get them to safety?
  3. Do you have battery powered radios and flashlights? Are the batteries charged?
  4. Do you have a couple of days of supplies (food, water, medication) in case you are stranded?

How Can We Help?

Prepare yourself and your home for a disaster before it happens. Right now is the perfect time to give your insurance agent a call to review your coverage. It’s also a good idea to inventory your property and inspect all the items mentioned above. Should you find yourself experiencing flood or fire damage in the San Diego area, give us a call at (619) 376-6838.

By |January 16th, 2016|Flood, Tricks and Tips, Water Damage|0 Comments

San Diego Residents Feel Blowing, Flooding Impact Of Winter Storm

A winter storm on December 11 brought strong winds and large waves across San Diego County and snow in the mountains. It was the first snow of the winter and was part of a strong winter system that brought winds up to 70 mph as it passed.

While storms like this aren’t uncommon in the San Diego area, this system is the first of the season. Historically, some homeowners and business owners are caught unprepared for the first major storm system of the winter season.

Visibility in the desert was reduced due to blowing dust and snow made driving conditions hazardous along part of I-8 in the mountains. Perhaps the most devastating part of the system, however, is the coastal flooding and damaging surf from the largest swells. Surf near and south of Carlsbad was expected to peak at 15 feet.

The National Weather Service indicated that flood damage and wind damage would be possible from the storm, but it isn’t yet known how many homes were impacted by wind and water. And as the storm progresses, light to moderate rain is expected to sweep across the more densely populated areas of the region, bringing the potential for more flood and water damage.

Snow was expected to happen only above 7,500 feet at first but drop to as low as 4,500 feet, with some areas getting as much as 4 inches of snow while lower elevations that see snow may only get a trace. Outside mountain areas, wind and flooding are the primary cause for concern.

Drier times are expected to be short-lived with another storm system on the way. This additional system will only increase water and flood damage and potentially bring damage to additional areas. Flood damage restoration companies like Orange Restoration are already readying additional supplies to respond to the hardest-hit areas.

If your San Diego home or business becomes effected by the wind or high surf, contact Orange Restoration at (619) 376-6838.

By |December 12th, 2015|Flood, News, Water Damage|0 Comments

Sensible Tips For Preventing And Controlling Water Damage And Reducing Mold Growth

Mold Damaged wallThere are situations like natural disasters and water main breaks when water damage is inevitable. But mold growth may not be. And there are time when you can prevent water damage altogether.

Here are some useful pieces of advice for preventing and controlling water damage and mold growth:

Clean up leaks and spills quickly. Even a small amount of water can do damage if it gets into the right place or causes mold to grow.

Check and repair gutters regularly. Damaged or clogged gutters can be worse for your home or business than having none at all. Keep water moving away from your home by making sure gutters work as they should.

Keep the ground sloping away from the foundation. Don’t let the addition of an outbuilding or landscaping changes cause water to flow toward your building. This can damage the foundation and lead to water damage, mold growth and more.

Check those AC units. A common cause of mold growth and sometimes water damage to the ceiling or floor is air conditioner drip pans and drain lines that aren’t clean and well-maintained.

Check humidity and keep it low. Indoor humidity should remain below 60 percent to prevent mold growth and damage to some kinds of building materials. Check with a simple and inexpensive humidity meter, then use the HVAC system or a portable dehumidifier to take action.

Take note of condensation. Condensation or moisture that collects on pipes, walls or windows can be evidence of high humidity. And high humidity can lead to mold growth and other serious consequences. Work to reduce humidity as quickly as you can. In some cases, opening a window for ventilation in the evening may help — if the humidity is lower outside at that time.

Vent heat-producing and moisture-producing appliances. This includes things like clothes dryers and stoves as well as kerosene heaters and other similar devices. Venting to the outside decreases moisture inside the home or commercial structure and improves the safe operation of the unit.

Use those exhaust fans. When exhaust fans are present in bathrooms, kitchens or utility rooms, use them. They help vent smells as well as humidity.

Take care when showering. You can dramatically increase the humidity in a bathroom from a single shower, and the effect over time can cause mold growth. Open a window or use the most powerful exhaust fan you can find for better ventilation.

If you find mold growing in your home or office or believe you have water damage — even if you aren’t sure of the source — contact Orange Restoration for a quick response. Some water damage remediation and mold removal requires a great deal of time and effort to resolve, so it makes sense to get started. And the quicker the remediation process is started, the more likely you are to prevent complicated-to-repair and expensive damage.

So what are you waiting for? Contact Orange Restoration at (619) 376-6838 for water damage remediation and mold removal services you can trust at prices you and your insurance company can afford.

By |September 28th, 2015|Mold, Water Damage|0 Comments

The Causes And Effects Of Water Damage And How To Fix Them

water damaged basementWater damage is a situation that anyone who owns property dreads — and many property owners will eventually face. Water can cause hundreds or even thousands of dollars in loss as it damages almost everything it touches, including upholstery, wood furniture, appliances and electronics, water heaters and more.

Water damages also raises the risk of mold, a separate and related problem that can be expensive and difficult to remediate. When water gets into your home or business, it makes sense to immediately contact a water damage restoration company or mold removal company you can trust. Pros can take care of the problems in ways you may have never imagined and help you return to using your property as you intended.

Water Damage Causes

There are a number of things that can cause minor and major water damage. Among them are:
– dishwashers that leak
– toilets that become clogged
– pipes that break
– washing machines that overflow
– roofs that leak
– cracks in the building foundation
– and many other things.

Floods can cause water damage — and so can a buildup of snow that melts, although that isn’t usually the cause of San Diego water damage. Too much water entering a home can cause relatively minor problems like water in the basement, but it can also lead to significant damage to the home and its contents. Once there’s water damage at a home or business, the cleanup needs to start as soon as the damage is discovered for the best possible results. It may be possible to save water-soaked carpets, furniture and clothing in some cases.

Water Damage Categories And Classes

Determining the severity of the water damage to your building is crucial for determining the best method of water damage restoration. Categories of water intrusion include:
– Category 1 damage caused by clean water that poses no treat to people, like water from an overflowing sink or appliance that floods a home
– Category 2 damage comes from so-called grey water, liquid that comes from broken toilets, sump pumps and similar things and may have harmful microorganisms in it
– Category 3 damage comes from so-called black water, unsanitary water sure to have bacteria and organisms that cause illness in it, like a sewage backup or standing water that has become contaminated.

The damage can also be referred to as Class 1 damage where little water is absorbed by the building, Class 2 damage where there is damage but evaporation may mean the impact is limited, Class 3 damage from overhead sources and Class 4 damage that impacts hardwood floods, concrete, plaster and more. Class 4 damage certainly requires professional water damage remediation while the other classes may or may not.

In all cases, professional water damage remediation is possible. And there are various procedures for dealing with every category and class of water damage. Don’t be discouraged or angry if you spot water damage. Instead, take action.

Call Orange Restoration at (619) 376-6838 for water damage restoration you can count on. When you turn to the pros, you have the best chance of saving your stuff and can get back to using your home or business as soon as possible.

By |September 15th, 2015|Water Damage|0 Comments

Smart Tips For Drying A Water-Damaged Building

industrial water damage equipmentWhether from floodwater, rainwater or a plumbing or appliance problem, a building that has been exposed to a lot of water needs immediate steps taken to preserve it and return it to its intended function. As soon as you learn of water damage, take action to dry the building, assess how much damage has been done and get repairs made.

Needs some advice? Here’s some information that may help you deal with the process of water damage remediation.

Remember that while flooding may happen relatively quickly, drying takes a lot of time. Natural ventilation is your best friend for this process. Evaporation is essential, and you can speed the process with fans. Don’t use heat or the AC system in a building for water damage abatement since these systems can worsen the problem and may be contaminated with mold or other organisms. Hot air especially can cause irreparable damage to some kinds of buildings, especially if the building is old or historic.

Before taking other water damage remediation efforts, deal with safety and health concerns. It doesn’t make sense to endanger yourself or others when handling water damage repairs. Turn off power to your building first — even if all power is out in a neighborhood. It could come back on at any minute. Check for leaking gas, and assume that the property may have been contaminated by sewage or animal waste if the water damage is from a natural disaster.

Protect your eyes and mouth, at a minimum, during any cleanup operations. And use disinfectants and gloves. In cases where contamination is obvious, leave the job to professional water damage remediators.

Be sure to take a lot of pictures if it’s safe to do so. Photos taken before the cleanup of the damage begins can document the damage and make recovering from your insurance company easier. Find out if and when their inspector will need to visit as well.

To prevent additional damage, make temporary roof and window repairs at the same time you are starting the drying process. Do a good job with your temporary repairs because they may need to last up to six months or perhaps more. You can use tarps or felt paper on the roof and plywood on the windows. When the roof is severely damaged, use plywood covered in tarps or felt.

Remember that water damage doesn’t just do one kind of damage but harms your structure in three ways. First, it does obvious and direct damage. Second, dirt, grime and contaminants create an unhealthy situation. And third, prolonged dampness can cause mold and other fungus or bacteria to growth, meaning that the health risks from a water damaged home actually increase rather than decrease over time if action isn’t taken.

When you have water damage at your home or business, let Orange Restoration take action to put things rights. Water damage cleanup and sanitation is a serious issue that needs to be handled carefully and by professionals in many cases. And no one can do the job better than Orange Restoration – Call (619) 376-6838 Today.

By |September 8th, 2015|Water Damage|0 Comments

Start In The Attic When Drying A Home With Water Damage From A Failed Roof

water damage in homeWhere should you start when drying out a home that has been damaged by water from a failed roof? In most cases, the best advice is to work from the top down, and that means starting in the attic. To promote natural drying of the building, get rid of wet and damaged property from the attic. Leave doors and windows open throughout the home to start the drying process too.

After insulation has been wet, it is most often ineffective, so go ahead and remove attic insulation while removing water-damaged property. Insulation will hold moisture and won’t dry out easily, and it needs to be replaced anyway. Failing to get rid of insulation could result in damage to metal, wood and other things that hold your home together.

Some water-soaked items in your attic can be salvaged if dried quickly and using the right processes. But move everything outside or to a safe and dry place to make an assessment. The weight from all those wet boxes can cause cracking of rafters and the plaster ceilings below.

If the electrical system is safe and in working order, go ahead and turn on all fans you have in the building. If you need additional fans, contact professional water damage remediators. High-velocity fans are among the many professional tools for drying water damage.

Once the attic is clean and drying, look over each room to find ceiling damage. Remember that wet plaster and drywall can fall unexpected, so keep your distance and stay safe until you’re sure each room is safe to enter. Poke holes at the edges of bulging ceilings so water can drain somewhat, and collect draining water in buckets whenever possible.

Handmade plaster mixes often respond better to drying than factory-made sheetrock, but that isn’t always the case. And some saturated plaster is too badly damaged to be saved. Wood lath can expand when saturated, and that can also cause the plaster over it to fail. If a ceiling appears to be sagging but not terribly damaged, shoring it up with a T-shaped wedge of plywood can help hold things together until professionals can make a better assessment. Many plaster ceilings can be saved if the damage was caused by clean rainwater — and if action is taken immediately.

Sheetrock exposed to water for less than two hours may be savable. Remove damaged drywall with a cordless cutter to avoid shocks, and be sure to avoid all inside-the-wall electrical wiring.

Be sure to open windows even in rooms where there appears to be no water to lower overall humidity and create a cross-breeze to speed drying. Wash down all surfaces in all rooms, using an antifungal and antibacterial detergent if possible.

If carpet is wet, it will have to go as well. You may need to remove hard flooring like linoleum and vinyl to aid in evaporation.

If the job seems to be big for you, turn to professionals who have experienced crews that can do the work as quickly and easily as possible to handle your water damage remediation. In San Diego, your best choice is Orange Restoration – Call (619) 376-6838.

By |September 1st, 2015|Water Damage|0 Comments

Will El Niño Year Force Flood Cleanup In Your Home?

The 2015 El Niño could be the worst ever, and the downpours expected might overwhelm Southern California’s vulnerable flood control system. That could mean flood cleanup at your home — and lots of others. Not since the El Niño weather event in 1997-98 that resulted in 17 deaths has there been an El Niño this large. Some are calling it a Godzilla-sized event.

The Los Angeles area is supposedly ready for the event thanks to dam improvements made in 2004 and 2005. But Pasadena’s Devil’s Gate Dam has a lot of debris from the Station fire, creating the possibility of flooding downstream from it.

And that isn’t the only problem. Cities all along the coast of California are vulnerable to flooding. In some cases, widespread flooding is possible. In others, flooding might be localized. But if it’s your home hit by a flood, the flood cleanup isn’t made any easier by knowing how many of your neighbors are also impacted.

A Record-Breaking El Niño Event

Ocean temperatures are now higher than they were in the summer before the huge 1997-1998 El Niño weather event that led to storms severely impacting much of California that winter. The event is called an El Niño because the temperatures in question exist in a Pacific Ocean region called Niño 3.4.

Sediment removal projects are planned for dams at Pacoima, Tujunga and at three locations in the San Gabriel Mountains. All have significant sediment buildup, and removing it would allow more room for runoff and reduce the chance of flooding.

Work on The Devil’s Gate is stalled because critics claim the operation will negatively impact wildlife habitats in the basin, mess up recreational opportunities and create too much truck traffic for local residents. These opponents want a small sediment removal operation.

Officials across the state are looking into other things that can be done to prevent flooding and the expensive disaster response for homeowners and businesses that may be an inevitable consequence of the El Niño event. In some areas, officials are asking for a complete investigation into the preparedness of flood control facilities like Devil’s Gate and others.

Vulnerabilities Are Proven

Previous storms have already shown that flood control in California is vulnerable. The dam at Devil’s Gate was built in 1920 following massive flooding and a huge flood cleanup effort earlier in the century, including the 1914 flood that sent a dozen or more homes and two markets down the river.

More recently, a 2010 heavy rainfall came a year after the Station fire and sent a mudslide into a staggering 40 or more homes. Debris from the mountain wedged a boulder weighing more than 10 tons into an important catch basin causing additional flooding.

As ocean temperatures in the critical region west of Peru rise to the highest levels of the year, benchmark location temperatures are up 3.4 degrees over last year. That’s higher than in 1997 when the massive El Niño resulted. Trade winds that cool waters west of Peru are also weakening. Experts say those trade winds would have to remain weak for a huge El Niño rivaling the previous record storm to result.

While a massive El Niño event could wash away several years of drought, many homeowners and business owners are left wondering if its worth it because of the risk of flooding and the hassles and expense of flood cleanup.

If you need flood cleanup in your home because of El Niño event or for any other reason, contact us at Orange Restoration at (619) 376-6838 for results that will ensure everything is put back to normal quickly and accurately.

By |August 20th, 2015|Flood, News, Water Damage|0 Comments

The Cost of Water Damage Repair

water damage in homeSo, you have got water damage in your home. A fact that surprises many people is that almost every single family and home will suffer water damage at some point – it is much more common than fire in the home and burglary of the home combined! However, just because it is common does not mean that it is an enjoyable experience, far from it. Water damage can occur slowly, so that you do not realise that it is happening for months, or very suddenly so that you wake up and your entire world has changed.

When water damage has been occurring for a long time, that often means that it is being sourced from a slow leak, or an area of the home that is not properly insulated and occasionally lets water in. Slow water damage has several characteristics that sudden water damage does not share. Firstly, it encourages mold to grow because the water damage is not spotted for a very long time. As the mold spreads, it takes the water damage with it, and mold that is left untreated for a long period of time can start to cause breathing problems for those that live in the home. Secondly, it can cause your home to slowly rot, and the longer that it goes on the more irreparable the damage – and the more of the walls, or ceiling, you will have to replace.

Very sudden water damage, on the other hand, can be more obviously destructive much quicker. This sometimes happens when a water pipe in your home completely bursts or shatters, so instead of a gentle drip, you get a large torrent! There are other occasions when you could have sudden water damage, but they are often circumstances that you cannot plan for, such as a tree falling onto your roof and letting water in, or a river bank nearby bursting and flooding your home. There is little that you can do to prevent these, but that does not mean that you do not have to deal with the consequences.

One of the most upsetting aspects of water damage is that it can completely destroy so much of your home. You would not think that water could be such a damaging force, but when you think about it, water will totally end the life of any electricals that get soaked in water. It is very rare to be able to resurrect them, and that means that you could have a huge cost to replace them. Even more upsetting than that, water damage can ruin beloved clothes and papers forever, including bank statements, love letters, and children’s paintings. Water does not discern between different items, and so you could find that the cost of water damage repair goes further than just monetary value.

It would certainly be a frightening proposition, dealing with all of this yourself; the removal of the water, the drying of your home, the reparation to the parts of your home that have been damaged, and the massive overall cost that all of this creates. On the other hand, you may find that your insurance company will automatically cover the cost of water damage repair. Many insurance companies will do this now, and that means that you will not have any of this hassle to go through – they will deal with it all for you. If you want more information on this, and a clearer idea of how the cost of water damage repair can be taken away from you, then just simply contact Orange Restoration at (619) 376-6838, as they have a huge amount of experience in this area.

By |August 7th, 2015|Water Damage|0 Comments

The Cost of Flood Cleanup

flooded houseWhen most people think about flooding, they generally think of a phenomenon that happens to other people. No one truly believes that their home could be in danger of flooding; after all, that happens overseas, to people in other countries, people who are nothing like us. But sadly, that is not the case. There are very few countries in the world that have not experienced flooding in the last decade, and many environmental scientists believe that, for one reason or another, we are going to have to face flooding more often as time goes by. That sadly means that there will be many people soon who will experience flooding, but have not prepared themselves in the slightest, and so will have to face the horrible truth of flood cleanup.

Flood cleanup is an expensive business, and many people underestimate how much it will cost because they do not understand just how much of a complex procedure it actually is. First of all, you will need to get rid of all the water. That sounds much easier than it actually is; after all, where is the water going to go? Many will have to hire a pump, and locate a place where the water can be put, both of which can incur costs. Next you will have to start drying out everything that was soaked in the flood, and when this comes to property the drying process can take months, if not years. It is not a simple operation, and industrial heaters may have to be hired in order to ensure that the process is completed properly. If the drying process is not adequate, then you may find that mold starts to grow all over your home, which will then incur even more costs.

Next, you will need to start to remove all of the items from your home that were totally destroyed by the flood, and are no longer viable as assets. Most electrical items will now be useless, and probably won’t even switch on. This is because electrical items are only sometimes designed to withstand slight splashing of water – a flood is not something that they are capable of dealing with. The cost of replacing all of those electrical items can almost double the cost of flood cleanup, and that is not even including items such as curtains, carpets, and other soft furnishings.

When you add to all of that the emotional burden of a flood, the potential of having to spend money on emergency accommodation and food, and the devastating hurt of finding that your home has been ruined, the cost of flood cleanup is not necessarily only counted up in money. It is a difficult time for those that live through flood cleanup, and for many of them they believe will never end.

Few people when they see a dripping tap realise just what a costly drama flood cleanup can be, and as the costs start mounting and mounting, it can start to feel as though you are starting to be buried underneath all the bills and invoices that a flood cleanup naturally creates. However, believe it or not, your insurance policy should almost always cover those costs! That means that you do not have to financially suffer from the cost of flood cleanup, and you can begin to start building up your life again. If you have suffered from flood damage, or due to the position of your home and the surrounding area you believe yourself likely to suffer flood damage in the future, then just drop Orange Restoration San Diego a quick call at (619) 376-6838, and we will be able to advise you on how to protect yourself and your home.

By |August 4th, 2015|Flood, Water Damage|0 Comments