Tips For Hurricane-Battered Homeowners
Important Basics of Clean-Up & Recovery
you were in the path of a hurricane, the damage that the winds and
water left behind can seem impossible to fix. Getting back to normal
will take some time and effort, but there are plenty of people around
first thing you need to do is begin to heal emotionally. Get in
contact with counselors who can help you sort through the mixed
feelings of surviving a natural disaster while losing many of the
meaningful things you treasured. Living through a destructive event
like a hurricane can lead to depression and other post-traumatic
effects if you try to ignore it.
you begin clean up, take inventory with a camera so you have documentation
for any insurance or other damage claims. Try to be ready for the
impact of seeing many of your personal items, furniture and your
home disturbed or destroyed by the storm and flooding.
tips from Lowe's Home Improvement Stores will help you get busy
with the clean-up and started on the way to returning to your normal
radios or televisions at hand for important flood or power updates
home's exterior and hose down debris and mud left by floodwater
Open interior doors with caution - doors that stick at the top
could indicate a ceiling ready to fall.
dehumidifiers and products such as calcium chloride pellets
and cat litter to get rid of excess moisture.
wet wallpaper - damp wallpaper paste is a prime location for
mold to grow.
Ask a contractor
or building inspector to check for mold damage after a flood.
interior surfaces that were in contact with floodwaters with bleach
or a household disinfectant containing bleach.
to normal will take some time, but taking the right steps will make
it easier and speed up the process.
Author Katrina Cramer-Diaz is a working mom with a background in education and plenty of experience in parenting. She lives in Virginia with her four children.