SERVPRO Press Release

SERVPRO Offers Recovery Tips for Victims of Nor’Easter

Taking a Few Simple Steps Can Go a Long Way toward Protecting Your Property

GALLATIN, Tenn. (November 10, 2009) -- Though this week’s historic nor’easter, fueled by the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida, is beginning to wind down, the damage left behind could cause problems for property owners for weeks and months to come. In light of the potential damage of such a storm, SERVPRO wants to remind the public of steps they can take to help prevent secondary flood damages to their homes, businesses and possessions.

Ensure your electricity is turned off before entering a flooded structure. Assume flood water is contaminated, and minimize contact with it. Remove and prop wet upholstery and pillow cushions for drying. Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting. Remove any valuable paintings and art objects to a safe, dry place. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.

Don't leave wet fabrics in place; dry as soon as possible. Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors. Don't use television or other household appliances while standing on wet floors or carpets. Don't use your household vacuum to remove water. Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

“The most important thing at this point is for citizens in the storm’s wake to stay informed and listen to their local authorities,” said Don Turner, Director of SERVPRO’s nationwide Xtreme Response Team. “Once it’s safe to enter severely damaged structures, we want the storm’s victims to know the steps they can take to help minimize damage until the professionals arrive.”

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Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO franchise system is a national leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO's professional services network of more than 1,500 individually owned and operated franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss situations. Providing coverage in 48 states, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners. All SERVPRO franchises are independently owned and operated.