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Cleveland & Akron Experts Offer Tips to Reduce Losses from Water and Storm Damage

Mar. 30, 2009

 

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Home owners suffering from water damage are faced with an extremely stressful experience. PuroClean, part of the nation’s fastest growing property damage remediation franchise, is prepared to immediately restore property, relieving the stress of  property owners during an extremely vulnerable time.

Water loss and damage is a real threat for property owners. In fact, according to the Insurance Information Institute in the last year, 22 per 1,000 households have entered a claim for water related damage.  "These situations are more common than most people think," said George Cruz, owner of PuroClean.  "Water damage can often result from weather, such as storms or melting snow, or more often, from common household malfunctions such as pipe leaks, washing machine malfunctions or other plumbing problems."

To help minimize loss, and prevent further damage while technicians from PuroClean are en route, Cruz suggests property owners follow these guidelines:


Insurance
     o Call your agent.
     o Take photographs of the damage.
     o Keep all receipts from hotel stays, home repair materials, etc.

Plumbing
     o Check pipes on well pumps and irrigation systems.
     o If sewage is backing up in the shower or under the toilet, your whole system is backed up. Call a professional and don’t use other sinks or toilets.

Roofing
    o If the neighbor’s roof is missing shingles after a storm, you can assume that yours probably is, too.
    o If only a few shingles are gone, try to cover the area with a garbage bag.
    o If you have a large area of ripped tar paper or wood, cover it with a tarpaulin and call a roofer immediately.

Electric
    o Most damage to electrical systems comes from water.
    o Appliances exposed to water should be serviced before being used again.
    o Check for sparks or frayed wires if wires are exposed call an electrician and do not turn on the power.
    o If it appears that water has infiltrated your breaker box, call an electrician.
    o Avoid fallen and dangling wires or metal fences.
    o If a limb has fallen on a power line, turn off the power and call the utility company.
    o If a fallen limb touches your property, it becomes your responsibility, but you should not attempt to clear them as they may be tangled in power lines. Call an electrician.

Flooding (Take these steps to minimize damage before the restoration professional arrives.)
    o Throw out all food, including canned goods, medicines and cosmetics that have been touched by flood water.
    o Keep a photographic inventory of anything that must be thrown out.
    o Don’t take pets into a flooded area and never let them drink standing flood water.

Miscellaneous
    o Turn on air conditioner if damage occurs in summer.
    o Move valuable paintings, art objects and photos to a safe, dry place.
    o Open closet doors, furniture drawers and luggage to aid in drying.
    o Remove any wet fabrics and dry immediately.
    o Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.
    o Stay out of any rooms where the ceiling is sagging from trapped water.
    o Turn off the breaker before unplugging appliances.

About PuroClean
PuroClean is a leader in property damage restoration and has earned the trust of property owners, insurance professionals and home service providers throughout the United States and Canada since 2001. Backed by a comprehensive network of over 240 franchise offices and a national training and business support center, each PuroClean office responds promptly to property emergencies demonstrating a high degree of professionalism and compassion. PuroClean certified technicians are thoroughly screened, insured and trained in utilizing the latest in mitigation technology and procedures throughout the remediation process while operating under a strict code of ethics. In addition to serving the needs of property owners, PuroClean offers hundreds of continuing education classes each year to insurance professionals and property service providers nationwide. In 2008, PuroClean trained over 7,200 insurance professionals nationwide helping them earn their continuing education credits. For more information on PuroClean, please contact George Cruz at 866-944-PURO(7876) or visit www.PuroCleanProServices.com.

 

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