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Even if your Tampa, Florida, home is well prepared for a hurricane, you and your family need to learn what to do after the storm has passed. Hurricanes can cause severe wind and water damage, and can impact your home’s foundation. Essential steps for restoring your home after a hurricane include making sure it’s safe to return, removing water and damaged items, and using mold remediation.

Making Sure Your Home is Safe

If you evacuate your home during a hurricane, don’t come back until local officials say it’s safe. Roads could be blocked by fallen trees or there could be damaged power lines nearby. If you see obvious damage when you return, have a professional inspect your home for gas leaks, structural problems, damage to your wiring, and more. You should have these problems repaired before you return home.

Removing Water

After flood waters recede, remove water from any crawlspaces and get rid of damaged items. Wet furniture, clothing, or carpeting can encourage mold growth. Take pictures of everything you have to throw away for your insurance company and consider renting a storage space for items that aren’t damaged. That way, you won’t have to worry about burglars, pests, or more water damage.

Using a Mold Remediation Specialist

Mold can grow on water-damaged surfaces in one or two days. It causes additional damage and worsens health problems like asthma or allergies. You could have mold behind wallpaper, inside insulation and drywall, or underneath carpeting. Mold remediation specialists use special devices to detect hidden mold and mildew. Then, they use antimicrobial solutions to clean items with minor damage and keep mold from spreading. 

ServiceMaster 24 Hour has more than 10 years of experience, and we can help repair hurricane damage. Call us anytime at 813-603-2001 or 727-201-0499 for help from our skilled water damage and mold remediation specialists. We can also help you repair fire damage caused by gas leaks or downed power lines.

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