This May, as the eastern half of the United States was getting soaked to the bone and flood-damage weary, the western states were being bombarded with smoke and fire damage. So much so that both USA Today and Time magazine were already predicting that this year’s fires could prove to be among the worst ones yet. And the news coming out of the Insurance Information Institute wasn’t any rosier.
Last year, Americans were faced with more than 47,000 wildfires that caused heart-stopping fire damages in the millions. Since the start of this year until now, they’ve already handled 900+ fires, which is more than double the amount of events that occurred between January and April 2013. Thus, it unfortunately looks like Time magazine and USA Today’s predictions may very well come to pass.
Residents on the west coast will undoubtedly have to act fast when it comes to wildfire clean up too. That’s partially because wildfire ash can be extremely alkaline and full of salts. As a result, it has the potential to permanently damage surfaces (i.e. discoloration and etching). That’s not even taking into account the odors and acidic nature of smoke or water damage.
Oftentimes, it is best to have a professional crew come in and clean up both the water and fire damage. During the process, household textiles (e.g. drapes and carpets) may need to be removed or deep cleaned by professionals to remove soot, mildew, mold and fire extinguisher emissions. Other items, like kitchen appliances and electronics may also need to be disposed of too.
Afterward, the lingering fire damage odors may be dispatched with the invaluable assistance of an ozone generator. It also has the potential to help tamp down any airborne particulate problems that may still remain after the initial clean up. To learn more about removing water and fire damage odors after a catastrophic event, please contact us at your convenience.
One look at the May 2014 headlines and photos coming out of the eastern half of the United States and its easy to see that flooding and flood damage are on track to make this one spring to remember. There were mudslides all over the Empire State, not to mention water logged basements and a massive amount of water related transportation delays.
Some people were even comparing the flood damage to that which occurred during Superstorm Sandy. If that does prove to be the case, insurance companies are bound to be chewing their fingernails down to the quik. That’s because Superstorm Sandy alone resulted in more than $7 million dollars in flood damage related insurance payouts. So if the May 2014 storms were truly worse than Sandy, there is no telling how much money will need to be paid out to repair the flood damage.
That said, eastern seaboard residents faced with post-storm cleanup may want to consider doing two things in the days ahead, calling a public insurance adjuster and ordering an ozone generator. The public insurance adjuster can help wade through what’s sure to be an onerous claim process. As for the ozone generator, it will help make properties livable again.
Ozone generators may be used once the flood waters have subsided and cleanup has begun. They are specifically designed to remove odors associated with mold, mildew, bacteria, sewage and all of the other nastiness that washes into properties during flooding situations. However, they come in a variety of sizes. So it’s vital to choose one that is compatible with the size of the flood damaged area.
For the rest of the cleanup tasks, those living in the eastern half of the U.S. will need to rely on themselves, friends, family, neighbors, businesses and charity organizations to get the job done. The Flood Safety website has tips on flood cleanup that may prove to be helpful in that regard. To learn more about dealing with flood damage related odors, please contact us toll-free at (866) 676-9663 today.