Flooding resulting from storm activity brings with it a level of destruction and utter carnage that no other type of natural disaster can match. Many people are quite surprised at the extent of the damage done by floods and because flood waters tend to look calm, their dangers are often grossly underestimated.
The state of Michigan has had its fair share of nasty weather as large storm systems often move into the area and dump an incredible amount of rain in a very short period of time. If your home is in danger of flooding, time is of the essence so do not hesitate to evacuate. Just five or six inches of moving water is enough to knock an adult off his feet and two feet of water can sweep an automobile away and send it floating off. Therefore it is always a good idea to have a family flood evacuation plan in place to ensure that you are prepared ahead of time should you have to leave your home and head for dry ground.
If your home has been flooded as a result of a storm and you have been forced to leave, be sure to wait for the ‘all clear’ from the authorities before re-entering the neighborhood and your home. Inspect your home for structural damage and then proceed to turn off the utilities if it is safe to do so. Never stand in water to turn off electricity as a sudden power surge could occur, causing the electricity to come back on.
While you may be tempted to begin dealing with the water damage yourself, it is a much better idea to call in a flood cleanup company so that the job is done quickly and efficiently. Be sure that the company you call is able to come to your aid immediately as time is working against you. You want to have all of the standing water removed as quickly as possible so that the drying out process begins as soon as it can. This way, harmful mold will never have a chance to begin to grow and take hold, which will leave you with more cleaning plus put your health in jeopardy.
Once a flood cleanup company arrives on the scene the team of experts will begin pumping the standing water out of your home as well as remove water soaked items. Once all of the standing water has been pumped out, heavy duty dehumidifiers will be put in place as will blowers so that the area is dried completely. The cleanup team will check crawl spaces, closets and attics to be sure that there is no dampness present, because this is where mold thrives – in dark and damp environments.
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