Winter storms, floods, hurricanes; all types of natural disasters can have a crippling effect on the inhabitants of a community. Exeter, NH is no exception. Whatever the season; whatever the disaster; you must be prepared. Evacuate if necessary and brace yourself. Once the storm hits, there’s not much you can do. Hopefully, you and your loved ones have made it out with minimal injuries. Now, you must prepare for storm damage cleanup.
Winter can bring on some frigid weather which can freeze pipes and cause them to burst. The result can be extensive water damage. Outdoor pipes most likely to freeze can be outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool/hot tub supply lines and water sprinkler lines. Interior pipes in unheated or inadequately heated areas include those in basements, crawl spaces, attics and garages. Make sure to look at these when inspecting your home. Roof damage is also an issue since snow and ice can damage gutters and roofs. Ice dams are a frequent concern in NH and in extreme circumstances the weight of heavy snow can cause a roof to collapse.
After a flood, check your home’s exterior to decide what needs the most attention (roof is a must). Make sure to also examine windows, gutters and downspouts. Check for damage to siding that may allow moisture to penetrate into walls. This may lead to rot or mold to form. Inspect the attic for signs of roof leaks. Wet insulation and damp spots on beams are a sure indicator that there’s roof damage or at least a source of water infiltration. Examine walls and ceilings for staining, bubbling in paint or cracking in drywall. This is especially apparent around electrical outlets and light fixtures. Do not hesitate or delay in contacting a storm damage cleanup company if restoration services are needed.
The worst is over, you and your family have escaped the hurricane with your lives. You’re lucky. Now it’s time for the cleanup. Before doing anything, listen to your local officials for updates and instructions. Do not enter damaged structures until given the green light from local authorities. Wear protective gear; boots, work gloves and long sleeves to protect yourself from debris. Eye protection, dust masks (or even respirators) and helmets are also essential for safety. Look for exposed nails, broken glass and other hazards. Report downed power lines to police and utility company. Do not go near any object that is in contact with downed lines. Always use battery-operated lanterns or flashlights as light sources. Never use candles. Once it’s safe to turn on gas and water services, check appliances for damage. Dispose of perishable food items from the refrigerator.
There’s only so much you can do when cleaning up after such a disaster. These types of catastrophes may be too much for one person to repair. This is when you have to call in a professional storm damage cleanup company; someone you can trust to get your home back on its feet. Soil Away Cleaning and Restoration Services have been serving the New England area for over 25 years. An IICRC Master-Certified company, they are highly skilled at their craft. They will get you up and going. With 24 hour emergency services, they are always there at your disposal; Call them at 603-641-6555 or find them on the web at www.soilaway.com.