Storm Damage Clean-Up Tips

May 2016

When your home is damaged by hail, winds or flooding, it’s natural to focus on what is lost. But homeowners’ quick actions in the aftermath of a storm can prevent further property damage.






Paul Davis, a national restoration specialist organization, shares these tips on what to do until the professionals arrive:


  • Use plastic bags on the legs of wooden furniture to prevent water wicking
  • Use non-porous items or wood blocks to get furniture off the wet floor.
  • If safe, unplug and remove any electronics from wet areas to save them from damage.
  • Mop up standing water.
  • Use fans and a dehumidifier to help aid in the drying process.
  • Remove any loose items such as toys, books, clothing, rugs or cardboard boxes from the wet floors.
  • Use buckets to catch any leaking water from the ceiling.
  • Cover furniture with tarps if water is coming from above.
  • Do not use a household vacuum to remove water.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet and keep out of any rooms with a wet, sagging ceiling. 
  • Document storm damage for your insurance company.





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