The Bay Area office of the National Weather Service did not mince words about the approaching atmospheric river, warning it could have catastrophic impacts across the region.
"The impacts will include widespread flooding, roads washing out, hillside collapsing, trees down (potentially full groves), widespread power outages, immediate disruption to commerce, and the worst of all, likely loss of human life. This is truly a brutal system that we are looking at and needs to be taken seriously."
To reduce the loss and recover your house after the flood, there are many steps to prepare and repair your home before and after a significant storm.
Review your homeowners insurance policy and flood insurance, and see what’s included.
Increase your odds of insurance covering all damage by taking an inventory of everything you own. A home inventory is a comprehensive list of your personal belongings, along with their monetary value. While you don't have to list every single item you own as part of your inventory, you should include all items of significant value.
The lowest parts of your home are more likely to flood first. When possible, move belongings to the highest point possible, whether that’s a second floor, an attic or the upper part of a split-level home. Please remember to start with the most valuable items.
Once the damage has been done, it’s time to jump into repairs, insurance claims, and any additional effort to get your home back to where it was before the storm hit. Follow these steps for repairing your home after a major storm.
Your first call should be to your insurance company. You need to know exactly what you’re covered for. Give them a call as soon as possible.
Any water in your home needs to be pumped out. All debris and anything that’s been saturated must be removed. If there is sewage waste it requires extra precautions and professional help. Call a pro.
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Eano gets plenty of experience restoring water-damaged homes. Below is our checklist and step-by-step restoration.
If the water rose as high as the electrical panel, outlets, and switches, our licensed electrical contractor will have this checked before turning the power back on.
Your heating and cooling system could have been damaged by flood waters, so our HVAC specialist will check this as the routine.
Some old roofs may leak after a storm, perhaps damaging floors, walls, furniture, etc. Our contractor will check the roof, and provide the easiest and most affordable way to repair if needed.
All damaged flooring (including laminate, hardwood, carpeting, and tiling) should be ripped out, as well as the subfloor, otherwise, the damaged flooring will be the source of termite and mold.
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Saturated batt insulation isn’t effective because it will compress and the air space gets full of water. Plus, the insulation will never completely dry out, which will keep moisture in your walls forever. That can lead to poor air quality, mold and mildew, and further damage to your home’s structure from rot.
After rebuilding drywall, filling out insulation, and drying out the wall cavity, Eano will get your walls re-painted.
From modern design to quality finishes, Eano delivers everything you need for your dream home renovation on your budget.