Severe weather and other disasters can substantially damage property and leave homeowners with a mess to clean up. These three clean up tips can help you restore your property after a disaster.
- Observe Safety Precautions
Disasters can create hazardous conditions. If you are attempting to clean your property yourself, you should be sure to wear appropriate safety gear, such as hard hats, goggles, masks, gloves and auditory protection. Do not try to lift any material weighing over 50 pounds. Give yourself sufficient breaks to avoid exhaustion. Use caution when operating machinery, such as chain saws. If you are working in extreme weather, try to avoid the hottest or coldest parts of the day. Consider hiring a professional debris removal Tallassee company to assist you with safely removing debris.
- Dry Out Your Home Quickly
If there is moisture from rain, storm surge, leaking pipes or other sources in your home, it is important to dry your home out within 24 to 48 hours, if possible. You can open doors and windows and use fans to blow air out of your home to aid the drying process. Discard wet items that you can not dry out quickly, such as carpets, mattresses and upholstered furniture. Dispose of any drywall or insulation that has come in contact with sewage or floodwater. Repair or patch any leaks in the roof.
- Take Caution When Entering Damaged Buildings
You should not try to enter a damaged building until after a building inspector or government authority has inspected the building and declared it safe. Avoid entering damaged buildings during the night. If you smell gas, leave the building and notify your gas company immediately.
Cleaning up your property after a disaster is a big job. These three tips can help you navigate the process successfully.