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The Storm Cleanup Process

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

Roof with hail after a storm. Hail can damage your roof causing further damage in the interior and your belongings.

Storm season in Colorado Springs, CO, can wreak havoc on your home. A two-minute shower of hail can damage your roof. A heavy storm can even flood the interior of your home, causing damage to many of the items inside. To save as many belongings as possible, hire storm restoration specialists with expertise in content cleaning. They can help you determine which items can be salvaged and which ones need to be thrown out.

Determine Which Items Can be Salvaged or Thrown Out

Porous Items

If the structure of an item leaves it vulnerable to saturation, it may be too far gone to save. Water can destroy absorbant materials:

  • Paper
  • Textiles
  • Wood
  • Drywall

If your drywall or paneling is saturated beyond repair, it will have to be torn out and replaced. Just because a porous item has visible flood damage, though, that doesn't automatically mean it is unsalvageable. Remediation technicians have methods for rescuing slightly damaged items. They may be able to dry and clean your important documents. Those who specialize in art restoration may be able to save your valuable collection. Before you throw everything out, have them take a look to see if there is a content cleaning process that can save it.

Non-Porous Items

Many of your belongings may come through the restoration process just fine. Items made from materials that do not take on water easily will likely be okay. Glass, metal and certain plastics are designed to keep water out and thus are resistant to flood damage. Black water from a storm may have brought bacteria and other microbes into your home, though, so it's important that these items be thoroughly disinfected before they are reintroduced to the house.

Storm damage in your home doesn't mean that everything has to be thrown out. You may lose some of your porous belongings or have to replace walls or flooring, but content cleaning can save a lot of items.

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