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There’s Still No Place like Home: Managing Your Expectations and the Cleanup after a Storm

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Severe storm damage at Canton, GA

It can be challenging to look at your home after a severe storm, seeing the extent of the damage, but when a storm causes extensive water damage, the path to restoration can seem insurmountable. Thankfully, the storm restoration process can be summarized in a few simple steps.

1. Extract Excess Water

The first step in the process is to extract as much excess water as possible, using several wet/dry vacuums. It’s essential to remove the water thoroughly and quickly to avoid the buildup of mold because, believe it or not, mold begins to develop within 24 hours.

2. Remove/Tear Out Wet Materials

Once you have extracted the excess water, it is time to begin the tear out process. During this time your focus has to be on removing anything that’s wet, which goes beyond just removing rugs and furniture. You should also remove carpeting and the pad underneath, drywall and the insulation behind, and anything else where mold can develop.

3. Dry the Structure

Once you have removed any wet materials and opened the walls, it is time to dry your house. You are going to need to do more than just open doors and windows, while this helps it does not do enough to circulate the air. During this phase of the cleanup process, you’ll want to rent several industrial fans and air movers to help distribute the air and dry your home.

4. Seek Assistance

While trying to salvage your home can be a massive undertaking after a storm, you do not have to do it alone. You can look up storm restoration specialists in your Canton, GA, for assistance. Many insurance companies even require it. These professionals will not only have the tools necessary for drying out your home, but they clarify the restoration process and relieve some of your worries.

Storm damage, with its grueling process of water removal and tear out, can be overwhelming, but the few steps above should help alleviate some of that stress, and, while the cleanup process takes time, just know that there’s still no place like home.

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