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First Actions After Flood Damage Make the Difference in the Amount of Loss in Gatlinburg Homes
The sheer panic that a Tennessee homeowner feels when flood damage occurs may make the situation feel initially overwhelming. Actions taken in the first 24 hours after floodwater enters a property make the difference in the amount of loss.
Following flood damage, Gatlinburg homeowners should contact SERVPRO for cleanup. Occupants and pets should not come into contact with groundwater, as it may contain toxins or sewage.
What Can Homeowners Do Before Help Arrives?
Placing towels to absorb and isolate stormwater can mitigate the damage. Do not handle the saturated things until SERVPRO technicians arrive and test the water. Remove valuables and heirlooms if they are in the area of the flooding if you can do it safely. The technicians can do it for you upon arrival if you cannot.
If it appears the water may come into contact with electrical outlets, turn off the electricity to the home. Alert the lead technician if this is necessary so they can bring their generators to the job site.
How Does SERVPRO Remove Floodwater?
It depends on the amount and location in the home. For crawlspaces, basements, and severe flooding in a home, the technicians may choose to use trash pumps or submersible pumps to remove the water without delay.
What About the Water Odors?
Floodwater brings in a myriad of odors, and thorough removal of debris, flood-damaged building materials, and property drying reduces the smell. Thorough hand cleaning of surfaces with their professional solutions kills odor-causing bacteria. Sometimes there are residual water odors that require a multi-layered approach of various applications of odor control techniques such as hydroxyl generators or ultra-low-volume fogging.
SERVPRO of Sevier, Jefferson & Cocke Counties at (865) 429-8885 when you need fast action against flood damage in your home. The technicians have a vast array of equipment and the training to make the water loss in the house "Like it never even happened."