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Saving Your Home from Flood Damage in Old Hickory

11/25/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Saving Your Home from Flood Damage in Old Hickory Flood water that cannot enter storm drains on streets quickly enough can enter your home causing flood damage.

Rely on Professionals to Restore Your Home after Flood Damage

Flooding in your Old Hickory neighborhood can happen after heavy rain from storms or from small streams that overflow near your home. Either situation can become much worse if water cannot enter storm drains at the street level.

Homeowners in Old Hickory often find that flood damage in their residence extends throughout the home. Humidity increases so much that it can affect higher levels of the home. Safely obtaining medications, personal identification and other essential items should always take priority over just rushing in and grabbing those items. Floodwaters can hide hazards that did not exist before the flooding event.

SERVPRO technicians know that caution protects people from such hazardous conditions but still wear personal protective equipment when entering homes with flood damage. Also, some debris may move from one location to another, making one-'safe' pathways in your home dangerous. Pumping out the water soon after we come to your home allows us to view the debris, and then safely remove it from your home.

Sanitizing a home after a disastrous flood helps protect your family from pathogens that could potentially cause health effects. These pathogens can hide in the silt brought in by the water, or by absorbing into porous materials such as carpeting, wood flooring, drywall, insulation, or personal belongings.

A substantial portion of sanitizing a home after floodwaters recede includes disposing of items that can never become clean again, regardless of the amount of cleaning, sterilizing, or scrubbing they receive. Food items that came into contact with the water can cause health effects, even if you cook the contents. Transmission of pathogens from one can to the can opener to subsequent cans of food is possible.  

Bedding, as well as most carpets and their pads, suffer too much during even short-lived flood events. These require disposal and replacements. We can rarely save carpet after a flood, and the padding underneath all carpets disintegrates too much to allow for salvaging.

However, no matter how badly your home suffers from flooding, we always save as much as possible. We prefer to restore materials through cleaning and other techniques over removing those materials and replacing them.

SERVPRO of Wilson County employs dedicated, skilled, and highly trained individuals who can help your family recover from flood damage. Proper mitigation of the situation can make everything “Like it never even happened.” once again. Call us at our local number, (615) 449-5000, 24/7, any day of the year.

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