SERVPRO Press Release

SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team Offers Tips to Help Minimize Storm’s Flood Damage

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – July 1, 2010 – Though Tropical Storm Alex is weakening, the storm is still expected to dump several more inches of rain in the already-flooded Brownsville area. For those who have suffered flood damage from Alex, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team wants the public to know the first several days after the disaster are critical to preventing unnecessary secondary damages, like mold. Consider the following steps you can take now to help minimize additional damage to your home, business and possessions.
  • If the water has entered the structure through the flooding of a creek, stream or river, or if it has filtered through insulation during its intrusion, it is considered to be black water and could be hazardous to your health. For this type of damage, avoid contact with contaminated items as much as possible.
  • Take the greatest caution while entering your home, and wear sturdy shoes and protective clothing when dealing with flooded areas.
  • Throw away all foods – even canned goods – that have come into contact with flood waters.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and pillow cushions for drying. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Place fans at 45-degree angles to walls and move large furniture away from walls to create the best air circulation.
  • Only open windows to promote drying if the air outside is less humid than the air inside.
  • If your home has a crawlspace, be aware excess moisture in this area can often foster mold growth.
“The first week after a water damage or flood is just so crucial to keeping final costs of the damage down,” said Don Turner, SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team director. “A lot of flood situations require professional equipment and knowledge of the science of drying to mitigate, but we want homeowners to know the steps they can take to help minimize damage until the professionals arrive.”

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO franchise system is a national leader and provider of fire, water, mold and other specialty cleanup and restoration services. 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.