The aftermath of any natural disaster is always destructive, cleaning up the mess after the storm is more dangerous than the storm itself, hence the need for caution.
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If you intend to clean up your home or office after a storm, here are helpful guidelines to achieve that.
Helpful Tips On How To Clean Up After A Storm
- Don’t Be In Haste To Return
Before returning to the affected area, make sure you get a confirmation from local authorities assuring the safety of your area. If otherwise, stay back and wait for a better time.
Wait until flood waters are dried and the roadways are free of electric poles and wires to avoid getting electrocuted.
- Go Along The Necessary Tools And Safety Gear
Safety measures should be taken before returning to the affected area, get the right safety gear. Some safety gears and tools include; goggles, work gloves, hard hats, dust masks, safety boots, and eye protectors.
Tools like a camera, batteries, torchlight and a water container will suffice.
- Examine Building For Damages
To do this, go along with an expert who can help identify hazards and damages to your building. Look out for broken glass, electrical lines, leakages, and sharp metals among other environmental hazards.
Your structural engineer should guarantee the safety of your property before cleaning can commence. Pictorial evidence should be documented while taking a tour around the building.
- Be Careful of Displaced Animals
Due to the storm, some animals move to find refuge in buildings, you may likely find a few around your home. Snakes, rats, dogs, and other wildlife can be found around, be careful when handling them.
At best, contact a professional if you encounter any animal, they can be dangerous due to the trauma. In case you get injured or bitten by an animal, get medication immediately.
- Contact Your Insurance Representative
Owing to the level of damage on your property, do well to inform your insurance representative and begin the claim process.
In case this is your first experience, seek guidance on how to go about salvaging your property and also the modalities involved in insurance claims.
- Salvage Some Properties
It is possible to still have some properties intact after the storm, and make haste to salvage them to avoid more damage. You will need to clean up the dust from countertops, tables, and other salvaged materials.
Open windows and doors to avoid reduced humidity and mold formation. Keep all useful tools and materials in a safe room, while you dispose of other damaged properties.
- Fix Minor Damages
The impact of the storm can damage your roof, windows, or doors that can expose you to rain, pests, and harsh weather.
To make your home livable in the meantime, cover up all holes, broken windows, and doors. You can contact a local carpenter within your neighborhood to help with the roof.
- Contact A Storm Cleanup Agency
Cleaning up your home after a storm can be overwhelming and tasking, it is best to contact a junk removal agency within your locality for a professional job.
When hiring, be sure to read reviews about the company, and ask friends and neighbors to guarantee authenticity.
Some companies can capitalize on the unfortunate incident to extort you and deliver a low-quality job.
Keep in mind that the cleanup can take a few days or weeks. Don’t be in a haste to hire.
- Seek Help When Needed
The aftermath of the storm can affect you emotionally and physically, if you feel you need some assistance, seek help immediately.
You can take a walk to your friend’s, and have a decent place to shower before returning to your home.
Also, if you run out of funds, contact state agencies responsible for providing relief materials, like FEMA and American Red Cross.