Hurricane season is off to a rough start this year with devastating storms wreaking havoc among our fellow Americans and their properties. Damaged homes, tragic loss of life, and heart-breaking stories are taking a toll on those affected by the most recent storms. Unfortunately, we still have a few months of the hurricane season to go before it starts all over next year.
At LaPointe Construction Board-Up Service, we understand the emotions you experience when disaster strikes. We work alongside our clients to help them the best we can so that they can find a little peace amidst the tumultuous chores of cleanup and relief work.
Floods, storms, and wind can create devastating conditions for your home and your family. Unfortunately, there is often little that can be done sometimes to prepare for the worst. Of course, stocking up on supplies, evacuating if necessary, and boarding up your property can go a long way in terms of being prepared. Yet, issues like flooding or hurricane force winds are difficult to prevent so the best you can do is control your cleanup effort. Here are some ways you can help salvage your home and belongings:
- Take pictures of everything so you have documentation for your insurance company. Use a camera or take a video of your property. For best results, take pictures of your property now while it is in good condition so that you have documented proof of your belongings.
- Turn off utilities like gas and electricity to avoid leaks and electrocution. Flood waters as well as the debris in the water can damage gas lines and utility poles so make sure you are working in a safe environment.
- Wear clothing that protects you from contaminated waters, falling hazards, and air-borne pathogens. The cleanup effort after a flood will bring you into contact with dangerous chemicals, bacteria, and inhalants that can damage the respiratory system as well as cause serious illnesses.
- Keep an eye out for all potential hazards. Mud can be slippery and is often pushed into your home during a flood. It will likely be contaminated as flood water is never clean. Shovel out mud and clean and disinfect anything that came into contact with the flood water and mud.
- Protect your property and family with temporary shoring. Strong winds and floods can knock your home off your foundation. Temporary shoring allows you time to access the damage so you aren’t forced into making hasty decisions.
- Cover or board up any holes with plywood or tarps to prevent additional damage or injuries to others.
- Remove all drywall and installation that came into contact with the flood water. This will help in the drying process as well as remove contaminated construction material from your home.
Our Temporary Shoring team at LaPointe is ready to help you protect your home when a disaster occurs. We’ll make your structure safe so you can begin the cleanup process as quickly as possible. Temporary shoring will give you the opportunity to clean and dry out your home as well as time to consider what restoration options are available for you.
Call us with questions or to schedule Temporary Shoring services at 978-447-5991. Learn about how Temporary Shoring your home can help at our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LaPointeConstruction.