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What to Expect After a Storm Surge

1/14/2024 (Permalink)

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We understand the distress and upheaval that a storm surge can cause to individuals, families, and communities. The aftermath of such a natural disaster can be overwhelming, leaving behind destruction and chaos. In this blog, we will tell you more about what to expect after a storm surge and offer essential guidance to assist in the recovery process.

What is a Storm Surge?

A storm surge occurs when a storm, typically a hurricane or tropical cyclone, pushes a large volume of water towards the shore. This surge of water can inundate coastal areas, causing severe flooding, property damage, and posing significant risks to life and safety.

What to Expect After a Storm Surge

  1. Safety First

Safety should be the primary concern after a storm surge. Stay away from floodwaters, which may contain hazardous materials, debris, and hidden dangers. Follow local authorities' instructions and avoid re-entering your property until it's deemed safe.

  1. Assessing Damage

Once it's safe to return, assess the damage to your property. Document the damage thoroughly by taking photographs or videos. This documentation will be essential when filing insurance claims.

  1. Water Damage

Storm surges often lead to extensive water damage. Water can seep into walls, flooring, furniture, and electrical systems, causing structural issues and mold growth if not addressed promptly. SERVPRO of Costa Mesa specializes in water damage restoration and can help mitigate these issues efficiently.

  1. Structural Integrity

Check for any signs of structural damage to your property. Avoid entering if you suspect compromised structural integrity and seek professional help to evaluate and repair the damage.

  1. Mold Concerns

Mold can start growing within 24-48 hours after water damage. Be vigilant for musty odors, discolored walls or ceilings, and visible mold growth. Our SERVPRO® team also offers mold remediation services to address these concerns effectively.

  1. Insurance Claims

Contact your insurance company promptly to begin the claims process. Provide them with documented evidence of the damage and keep records of all communication for reference.

  1. Professional Restoration Services

Engage professional restoration services like our SERVPRO team to assist in the cleanup, restoration, and rebuilding process. Our trained technicians have the expertise, equipment, and resources to handle storm damage restoration efficiently.

Recovering from a storm surge can be challenging, but with the right knowledge and support, it's possible to restore your property and move forward. At SERVPRO of Costa Mesa, we are committed to helping individuals and communities navigate through these difficult times. Remember, safety comes first, and seeking professional assistance for restoration is crucial for a successful recovery.

Stay safe, stay informed, and know that recovery is possible with the right support.

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