Recovering from a devastating flood can be a tough and confusing experience emotionally and financially. While determining what stays, goes, and what can or cannot be restored is a job for the experts, knowing what to expect throughout the process and keeping informed is the best thing you can do for you, your family, and your home or place of business.
Step 1: Contact Insurance Provider
Those with flood insurance should immediately contact their provider following a flood. The company will send a trained professional out to access damages, take pictures for claims, and give advice on what steps to take moving forward. Those without flood insurance can attempt to file a claim with their home or renter’s insurance provider, but the likelihood of a flood being covered is low.
Step 2: Initial Cleanup
After a professional has assessed what is and is not salvageable, homeowners can begin a great amount of the cleanup themselves. Throw out any food, wooden items, rugs, mattresses, upholstered furniture, utensils, and baby items that have come in contact with flood water.
Step 3: Mold Prevention
Mold often forms when damp environments and fungus coincide. Working with and around mold can be hazardous for health reasons, making it a job for professionals and professionals only. When seeking out a team for this, be sure to find one that specializes in flood damage specifically.
Your demo team should prep the space by ensuring that everything has been thoroughly dried. They will do this by running large, powerful flood fans, dehumidifiers, and even water extraction machines if necessary.
Step 4: Demo
At this stage the demolition team will assess how high up the damage is on the walls, and begin tearing down the affected areas along with any flooring that is unsalvageable. This type of demolition is often referred to as an emergency demolition, as ensuring structural safety and mold prevention is a hazardous race against the clock.
Step 5: Final Cleanup
One your demolition team has adequately removed any walls, flooring, and woodwork that was damaged, they will begin cleaning and removing the debris from your property. You can trust that licensed and insured demolition companies will be sure to properly dispose of all trash, including any hazardous materials there may be.
While floods can have undeniably devastating consequences, best outcomes can be achieved when you act fast and hire the right demolition team for the job. Those with residential or commercial flooding in New York can rest easy when working with Morgan Services Group. For over twenty years, we have completed all types of interior and exterior demolitions, including those for flood damages.