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FEATURE: If your HOME or BUSINESS is flooded, tips from on cleanup from the experts

Category: Economic Development

Coastal Empire News Staff Report

September 12, 2017 – Many homes and businesses that have never flooded before, are now flooded due to Hurricane Irma along the Georgia Coast. 

Right now, local disaster recovery experts from many companies are starting to come into the area, and are wading through homes and businesses, flooded by Irma.

“That water is filled with everything from gas, chemicals, sewage, and perhaps another deadly danger: MOLD,” according to one firm, AdvantaClean.

Mold is a killer, they state. “It can spread rapidly in homes and businesses and often you can’t see or smell it. That could lead to long term health issues for anyone, as well as expensive clean-up, down the road.”

Here is an extensive list of top tips as you approach a cleanup: “5 Do It Yourself Flood Clean-Up Tips and Mistakes.

Also, included is the following information: Steps to Take Right Now to Contact Your Insurance Company; What Insurance Does and Does Not Cover; How to avoid Scams when Hiring Clean-up Companies; How to recognize mold NOW before the hazardous fungus spreads, creating serious health issues.

5 Do It Yourself Flood Clean Up Tips

Wear rubber gloves, boots and a face mask

Flood water is contaminated: Pull up rugs and carpeting, and discard

No power: use mops, towels, or squeegees to either soak up the remaining water, or push it out of the house, as quickly as possible, if the power is out. Dump it down home drains if sewers are working, or in the yard

Mud: work quickly to shovel or scrape mud from floors, walls, and furniture before it dries. Bring a hose inside to spray hard surfaces, starting from the ceiling down

Disinfect fast: there will be bacterial contamination from the flood water on any surface it covered

Furniture: bring outside to dry to prevent any possible mold spores from staying in the home or building

Dangerous Mold:  Mold grows quickly: it only takes 48 hours in warm, wet conditions to start growing and spreading.

Hidden from view: unseen water damage behind walls and under floors provides optimum opportunities for mold to grow undetected

Bleach can’t kill it: for porous surfaces like wood, drywall, and carpet, the chlorine molecules in bleach stay on the surface, killing a fraction of the fungus. The water in bleach sinks into the material, promoting more mold growth

Symptoms of mold exposure: severe body aches, joint pain, nausea, and chronic, sometimes very serious, respiratory issues. Symptoms can occur quickly, or develop over time

Mold claims: can cost as much as $100,000 in extreme cases, and mold removal is NOT covered by many insurance policies

Insurance Tips:

Document your losses: take video/pictures of every room in your home, as well as buildings on your property

Contact your home insurance company-you must report your claim as quickly as possible. WRITE DOWN YOUR CLAIM NUMBER

Document your losses: take video/pictures of damaged furnishings, heirlooms, and other contents of every room in your home, as well as contents of buildings on your property. If you have “before’ video/pictures, it will make your claim stronger

Keep a file, or notebook of ALL dealings with insurance agents, adjustors, repair estimates, temporary expenses, living expenses, etc. Note names, dates, times, and discussion topics

Save ALL receipts.

Avoiding Repair Service scams:

Ask for: their license and proof of liability/workers comp coverage

No verbal contracts: get everything in writing: cost, work to be done, time schedules, guarantees, and other expectations

Make a payment schedule: never pay upfront, or in cash pay, or before work is completed

Demand references: check them out thoroughly before giving anyone the job

Driver’s license: ask to see sales person/crew leader’s driver’s license. Write down the number, as well as license plates of all vehicles.

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