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Maximize The Skills Of An Emergency Restoration Service Team

In the event of an unexpected natural or man-made disaster, you’ll be shell shocked and unable to make decisions. After a flood, fire or water disaster, your home might look like a disaster scene from a movie; sometimes it looks to be beyond repair.  You need to get a team that specializes in emergency restoration on site as soon as possible to 1) avoid more damage, 2) keep you safe, and 3) bring your home back to life. 

Make a Plan Before You Need It

Investing some time now will save you aggravation and money later. Take the time to think through a few details in case your home experiences a disaster. An emergency restoration plan prepares your home and family. It also provides the disaster restoration company with accurate information to quickly and effectively address damage to your property.

  • Store your important documents in a water and fireproof safe: insurance cards, car title, house deed, birth certificates, marriage license, etc. Have a “bug out” box in case you have to evacuate in minutes.
  • Know where the breaker box is and how to shut off water valves at the street. 
  • Keep the contact info for ICC in your phone. You’ll need to call them as soon as you can– immediately after you are safe following an emergency. 

Tips For Surviving Water Damage

To help the emergency restoration team make the services easier and more efficient, there are a few things you can do right now, as you wait for the team to arrive. Cut off any electric power supply from the residence. When electric wires are exposed to water, the damage increases exponentially. Get the pets to another safe location; the team will be in and out of the doors and gates for the next several hours (or days.)

After the initial flurry of activity, you still have lots of clean up and disposal tasks. 

  • Discard all the food items and water that survive the fire because there is a strong possibility of some harmful residues or ashes left in them.
  • Wash all the clothes, home linen, upholstery, and covers that stay safe from the fire in order to clean them from any left-over damaging chemicals or ashes.
  • The drawers and the cupboards should also dry completely and no traces of water should remain in them.  

Safety is important in making restoration services and all the processes safer and more effective. Trust ICC to follow all safety protocols and best practices. 

Fire Damage is Dangerous Now, And In the Future

After a house fire, you’ll need some help within the first few hours. The damaging effects of smoke and soot can linger for days. Add to that the chemicals and water used to put out the fire and you have a mess to clean up. For a homeowner to have the best chances for recovering after a fire, there are a few things you can do now. 

  • To improve fire restoration services and make them more efficient, the most important point is NOT to touch anything in the fire struck area with bare hands. Put on gloves before touching anything. 
  • Decrease ventilation until the fire marshal says the scene is safe. Then increase the fresh air flow by opening windows to remove smoke, soot and ash. However, wait for the ICC team to assess the damage before turning on the A/C. You want to protect your HVAC system from the airborne corrosive particles.
  • Pack up a suitcase with your toiletries, medicines, phone chargers, etc. You don’t want to be trampling through the jobsite, tracking soot and debris in every room of the house.   

Emergency Restoration Experts in St. Paul 

When you have an emergency, you want a talented team to arrive immediately– ready to help. With ICC, you can be sure that the team will find, correct and restore any signs of water damage. Years of experience drying hardwood floors, plaster walls, tile and concrete ensure your items will be well cared for. State-of-the-art drying procedures help minimize potential health hazards that can be caused by water damage. Expert contents restoration may include removal, drying and storage of your contents at a secure climate-controlled storage facility, as required.  

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