What Homeowners Need to Know About Post-Disaster Remediation

January 28, 2022 5:40 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

It seems like a growing number of natural disasters occur every year that displace thousands of homeowners across the country. Let’s hope you never have to deal with a flood or other disaster yourself, but it’s important to know what to do after disaster strikes.

Keep reading to learn what you need for a post-disaster remediation.

What do I need for a post-disaster remediation?

There’s so much to take care of after a natural disaster strikes that knowing where to begin your remediation process isn’t easy. Follow these steps to help ensure success:

  • Assess the damage: Before you go out and buy anything to clean up the mess after a disaster, your first step is to assess the damage. Check out the different parts of the house that have been affected to see what kind of cleanup job you’ve got on your hands.
  • Personal protective equipment: As we’ll see below, all sorts of harmful substances can be released in the air or lurk in the water, so you’ll always want to wear a respirator and other personal protective equipment (PPE) when inside a damaged building.
  • Remediation gear: Heavy-duty fans, heaters, odor-control gear and water-extraction tools are just a few of the pieces of equipment used in post-disaster remediation. These tools, along with some others, remove standing water and moisture and can help return your home to like-new condition.

Hazards of post-disaster remediation

We should note that post-disaster remediation is a dangerous industry. Here are a few of the jobsite hazards you may encounter:

  • Mold: Mold thrives in damp environments, and it doesn’t take very long to start growing. Unless you begin the remediation process ASAP after a flood, you’ll be dealing with mold.
  • Asbestos: Depending on your home’s age, you may have asbestos lurking behind the walls. You’ll be exposed to that toxin unless you wear the right PPE during remediation.
  • Utility lines: Be on the lookout for live electrical wires or gas lines that may become exposed after a disaster. Getting too close to these utilities can be fatal.

Professionals should handle your post-disaster remediation

Post-disaster remediation isn’t a DIY task. Here are a few reasons to bring in the pros:

  • Skills and experience: Sure, you can find info online about restoring your home after a disaster, but videos you watch and articles you read are not substitutions for real-world experience and training professionals have.
  • Proper PPE: Along with all the skills and know-how to restore a home to like-new condition, pros have the right protective gear to keep them out of harm’s way from any dangerous exposed substances in the house.
  • High-quality equipment: The average homeowner doesn’t have all of the gear mentioned above, which makes remediation tough. Thankfully, the pros have all the right stuff to get the job done right the first time.

Be sure to call our team first

Don’t just leave post-disaster remediation to anybody—hire our pros at HealthSafe Inspections, Inc. With nearly two decades of industry experience, you can trust that our team will get the job done right the first time. Contact us to get a quote for our services.

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