Our family and friends in Southeast Texas are constantly in our thoughts and prayers, this week, as we start working on clean up after Hurricane Harvey. This has been one of the largest natural disasters in our area and the recovery period is just beginning. As families start to clean up their homes and businesses, please be safe.
Cleaning up after a flood can be emotionally draining and a physically hard process. Here are a few tips as you access your homes to clean up.
- Call your insurance agent – if your insurance covers damage, it is important to communicate with your agent and learn when an adjuster will contact you. As you clean, keep a list of damages and take photos for insurance claims. Be sure you are aware of insurance policies before removing items; the adjuster may need to see damage before making repairs.
- Walk around your home – before letting everyone come in, walk around the outside of your home. There could issues with power cables, damaged gas lines, damage to the foundation and/or beams. Check that the home is safe.
- Evaluate the inside of your home – consider what tasks may need professional attention. You may be able to handle some items yourself, "but don't bother trying to save any items contaminated by raw sewage, oil or other waste — they'll need to be be discarded.”
- Personal protection – wear masks, gloves, and closed toes shoes to protect yourself during the cleaning process.
- Start clean up as soon as possible – mold can grow very quickly and it is important to dry items within 48 hours if possible. Open windows, use fans, and dehumidifiers to circulate the air.
- Mud out – shovel out as much mud as possible and then use a hose to wash away mud from hard surfaces.
- Disinfect every surface – clean surfaces with hot water and cleaner. Then disinfect with a bleach solution or product designed to kill germs.
Be safe and stay strong during this recovery period. Our thoughts and prayers also go out to family and friends who may now be in the path of Hurricane Irma.
One Team. One Vision. One Goal. – Everyone Goes Home Safe!