After a disaster, the only thing you want to do is get your life back on track as quickly as possible. But, if you evacuated, you may be worried about what you will find when you get back home. However, as anxious as you may be to get back inside, it’s important to take your time and deal with home and property damages first while following safety precautions to help avoid injury. Follow our tips and get back to your regular life sooner!
Whether you evacuated or hunkered down, your senses can be the first line of defense to avoid danger. Look and listen for any running water from leaks or broken water pipes. Check for any sparking that could indicate electrical damage. Listen for hissing from disconnected natural gas lines and be mindful of any odors, such as rotten egg smell. As you navigate your home and property, being mindful can often catch issues early.
During a storm or tornado, roofs often take the brunt of the beating. From flying debris to fallen power lines or trees, roofs do a good job of protecting you. But once the danger has passed, it’s important to ensure no visual roof damage, sagging, missing shingles, or debris. Be sure to stay firmly on the ground for your inspection. Make sure to inspect the inside of your home for holes, cracks, fissures, and leaks on the ceiling and walls. If there is a downed power line, avoid the area, and call the local power company so they can safely remove it.
After storm or fire damage, the door may be providing structural support for the home. If the door is stuck or is difficult to push or pry open, do not force it. Forcing open a stuck door could cause a collapse in the structure, possibly causing more damage and harm to you and anyone else inside. If you have extensive damage to your home, it’s best to vacate until you can get a property inspection and any necessary reconstruction services.
Water damage can happen from structural damage allowing rainwater inside, floodwaters rising too high, or damaged pipes in the walls, flooring, or around fixtures or appliances. If there’s obvious flooding, emergency water removal is the best route to go. However, if the water damage isn’t visible, it may go undetected and cause additional damage and mold growth. Water damage restoration and mold removal services can quickly get your home back to normal.
Locally owned and operated in Gainesville, FL, Maven Construction Group is a licensed general contractor, Angie’s List Certified Contractor, and is accredited and A-rated by the Better Business Bureau. Maven has delivered the best damage restoration and reconstruction services in North Central Florida for more than 15 years.Certified General Contractor Lic # CGC1519003 Certified Mold Remediation Lic # MRSR2344