With Tropical Storm Colin making its appearance across central Florida, the natural disaster serves as a reminder to all of us in the Sunshine State that damage can occur at any time. This might cause you to upgrade your home’s exterior protection and to remove and junk storm shutters to install better wind mitigation components. Of course, there’s a good chance another system will come through the area in the coming months and that means having to be in the know with tropical storm cleanup tips.
Tropical Storm Debris Cleanup Tips
A lot of people underestimate the power of a tropical system that isn’t categorized as a hurricane. But as the local news clearly shows, substantial damage can be done by a tropical storm. For instance, there were dozens if not scores of residents who experienced flooding. Water damage cleanup procedures are a must when a house is flooded, often leaving behind a lot of rehabilitation work to get things back to normal. Also, it isn’t unusual to lose furniture and personal items as the result of a tropical system going through a locality.
For many people, when a terrible storm hits, it’s the aftermath that is the worst. Debris, flood waters, power outages, broken tree limbs, shattered glass, piles of debris— these are all dangerous risks once a hurricane, tornado, or [tropical storm] makes its way through a town or community —This Old House.com
With wind whipping around from 39 miles per hour up to 73 miles per hour and so much rain pouring down, it’s quite common to be heavily affected by a tropical system. For several hours or even a couple of days, inclement weather wreaks havoc on communities. There might be downed power lines, uprooted trees, construction materials strewn around, and flooding. With so much damage and the loss of personal items and property damage, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Here are some helpful tropical storm cleanup tips to use in the wake of a system moving through your neighborhood:
- Take plenty of pictures. To have a valid insurance claim, you’ll need to document as much as possible. Take pictures of everything that’s sustained damage and if you have any “before” photos, those will be helpful for your insurance claim.
- Get water out f your house. If there is water in your home, it’s critical it be extracted as soon as possible. Not only will it cause damage to the floors, walls, furniture, and other items, it can be contaminated with pesticide, herbicide, and more harmful elements.
- Keep the air circulating freely. For the damage to be effectively repaired and to avoid a health hazard, open the windows and start running fans through the house. The sooner the moisture is dried in the home, the better because there will be less chance of mold, mildew, and permanent damage.
- Cleanup and clean with disinfectant. Clean all around your house and be sure to use disinfectant. There are just too many contaminants in flood water, including sewage, pet wasted, chemicals, and more.
- Contact a tropical storm cleanup service. When there’s a lot of damage, it’s best to leave the job to a storm debris cleanup service. This is because the debris contains different materials and that means having to dispose of things in various ways.
After a system goes through and leaves behind a big mess, just pickup the phone 800-433-1094 or visit AAA Rousse Services for quick and easy tropical storm debris cleanup. Our crew will come out to your property and cleanup storm debris and haul it away.