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Staying Safe After a Storm

4/3/2020 (Permalink)

Staying Safe After a Storm

  • Listen to the radio for advisories and other instructions.
  • Do not venture outside until it has been declared safe to do so.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and avoid standing water or metal objects near downed wires.
  • Leave and do not enter buildings that have sustained structural damage.
  • Stay away from damaged trees and dangling or broken limbs.
  • Do not swim or wade in flood waters.
  • Check on neighbors, especially those who are elderly or disabled.
  • Watch out for snakes or other wild animals.
  • Turn the gas off at the meter if you smell gas.
  • Do not drive unless absolutely necessary.
  • If you must drive, watch for undermined roads and damaged bridges.
  • Do not attempt to drive through flooded streets or bridges.
  • Avoid using candles or other open flames indoors.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher handy at all times.
  • Test battery powered smoke and CO alarms.
  • Make sure your sewer system is working before flushing toilets.
  • Keep pets indoors and use a leash when taking them outside.
  • Operate generators outdoors in the open away from windows and doors.
  • Don’t eat perishable food that has warmed to over 40° F.

https://todayshomeowner.com/dealing-with-storm-damage-to-your-home/

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What Do I Do If My House Floods?

4/3/2020 (Permalink)

What Do I Do If My House Floods?

The basics of what to do after a flood include the following: stopping the water at its source, turning off the electricity only if you can do so without stepping into water, and evacuating the premises. You’ll also need to contact your insurer (or your landlord, if you rent), document everything, and then clean up to prevent further damage from mold.

A flooded home can be the result of external events—such as extreme weather—or internal issues, including plumbing failures. No matter what the source of water is, there are steps you must take to protect your family, save your home and recoup as much of the cost of repairs as possible from your insurer.

https://www.safewise.com/home-security-faq/house-flood/

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What to do during a Tornado

4/3/2020 (Permalink)

What to do during a Tornado

Find out what you can do when a tornado strikes. Acting quickly is key to staying safe and minimizing impacts.

  • Stay Weather Ready: Continue to listen to local news or a NOAA Weather radio to stay updated about tornado watches and warnings.
  • At Your House: If you are in a tornado warning, go to your basement, safe room, or an interior room away from windows. Don’t forget pets if time allows.
  • At Your Workplace or School: Follow your tornado drill and proceed to your tornado shelter location quickly and calmly. Stay away from windows and do not go to large open rooms such as cafeterias, gymnasiums, or auditoriums.
  • Outside: Seek shelter inside a sturdy building immediately if a tornado is approaching. Sheds and storage facilities are not safe. Neither is a mobile home or tent. If you have time get to a safe building.
  • In a Vehicle: Being in a vehicle during a tornado is not safe. The best course of action is to drive to the closet shelter. If you are unable to make it to a safe shelter, either get down in your car and cover your head, or abandon your car and seek shelter in a low-lying area such as a ditch or a ravine.

 https://www.weather.gov/safety/tornado-during

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How to Deal with Residential Water Damage

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

How to Deal with Water Damage

Water may be essential to human life, but it can spell death for a home. Water damage can cause all sorts of a headache for homeowners, both immediately after the damage occurs and in the long run. From floods to leaky faucets, water damage is a serious pain and can cause significant health and safety issues. Follow this guide to stop, repair, and prevent water damage in your home.

Stop the flow of water. If the flooding has been caused by a burst pipe or a water heater failure, shut off the main water line for your home.

  • Get in touch with an expert immediately if you cannot tell from where the water is coming.

Turn off the power. If your home is flooded, cut off the electricity and gas from the main source. This isn't as essential for small leaks or puddles, but for large floods turn them off to be safe. [1]

  • Do not handle electrical appliances unless you are properly insulated.
  • If you have to stand in water to turn off the main electricity, consult with an electrician.

https://www.wikihow.com/Deal-with-Residential-Water-Damage

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Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Storm Damage?

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Storm Damage?

Homeowners insurance may help cover certain causes of storm damage, including wind, hail and lightning. However, damage caused by flood and earthquakes typically is not covered by a standard homeowners insurance policy. It's important to read your policy to learn what types of storm damage may or may not be covered.

WHAT TYPES OF STORM DAMAGE DOES HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE COVER?

Homeowners insurance typically helps cover the following types of storm damage:

  • Water and Ice Damage
  • Lightning Strikes and Power Surges
  • Wind, Hail and Fallen Trees

Water and Ice Damage

Whether it's a thunderstorm in the spring or a roof covered in ice, water can damage a home. While ice and hail damage are typically covered by homeowners insurance — up to the limits stated in your policy — coverage for water damage varies, depending on the cause. For example, you may find homeowners insurance helps protect you if a frozen pipe bursts in your home. Review your policy to learn what types of water damage it covers.

https://www.allstate.com/tr/home-insurance/homeowners-insurance-cover-storm-damage.aspx

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Mold

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

Should I be worried about mold? It typically takes two to three days after a water damage event for mold growth to start. Flooded buildings should be pumped out , disinfected and dried as soon as possible to prevent mold growth. HVAC systems should be shut down and isolated. Workers required to clean-up mold must be properly trained and equipped.

What other hazards should I be worried about? If you work in a building that was constructed before 1980, that building could have materials that contain either lead or asbestos. Asbestos containing building materials (ACM)can be damaged in floods and potentially release hazardous fibers. Strict laws require building owners to determine the location and quantity of ACM in their buildings. Properly trained and equipped personnel should ensure that any building ACM has not been damaged before workers re-occupy the building. I have been asked to be part of the building clean up, what should I do? Flood clean-up workers need training and protective equipment. If you are asked to participate see the information sheet for CSEA members responding to flood affected areas to know what protective clothing and training that should be provided by your employer. Contact your authorized representatives to discuss any questions or concerns. Notify your supervisor if you have any health or medical conditions, such as high blood pressure; heart or respiratory conditions; or insect, plant or mold allergies as they may affect your ability to do the work.

https://cseany.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Working-in-and-Cleaning-Up-Flooded-Buildings.pdf

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Mold prevention

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

Mold prevention

To prevent mold, eliminate moisture to make your home inhospitable to its growth. Here are some DOs and DON'Ts for mold prevention.

  • DO use air conditioners or dehumidifiers to keep the humidity level in your home between 30 percent to 60 percent.
  • DO put exhaust fans in kitchens and bathrooms.
  • DO clean your bathrooms with bleach and other mold killing products.
  • DO add mold inhibitors to wall and ceiling paints before application.
  • DO inspect hoses, pipes and fittings to insure leaks won't cause dampness. Consider replacing hoses to major appliances like washer and dishwasher every five years, just to be safe: a typical water hose costs as little as $10. Major appliances with water hoses include refrigerator ice makers and water dispensers, water heaters, washers, dishwashers, kitchen and bathroom sinks and bathroom toilets.
  • DO maintain your roof to prevent water from seeping into your home.
  • DON'T let gutters get full of leaves and other debris—clean them regularly.
  • DON'T install carpets in damp areas such as basements or bathrooms.
  • DON'T let water accumulate under houseplants.

https://www.iii.org/article/protecting-your-house-mold

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Prevent basement water seepage

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

Prevent basement water seepage

  • Reseal your basement.Water in the basement is often caused by cracks in building foundations or floor slabs. If you notice water seepage after heavy rain when you've never had a problem, it may mean that your once-waterproof cement floors and basement walls have deteriorated. Painting vulnerable areas with water sealant can prevent seepage.
  • Make sure water drains away from the building.Seepage is exacerbated by soil that has settled in a way to make water flow toward the building. After a storm, and especially if the ground is already saturated, rainwater that flows towards the building goes down the outside of the foundation wall potentially through any cracks.
  • Install a backwater valve.Though less common than other causes of basement water, sewer backups are messy. Learn more about your sewer responsibilities and install and maintain a backwater valve, which allows sewage to go out, but not come back in.

https://www.iii.org/article/how-protect-your-home-water-damage

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Blood Spills on Carpeted Floors

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

Blood Spills on Carpeted Floors

Put on Disposable Gloves: No matter what type of surface you’re cleaning, always put gloves on first.

Contain the Spill: After a spill, it is important to keep it as contained as possible to avoid allowing the affected area to spread. Create a barrier around the spill with an absorbent material.

Initial Disinfect: Once the area is contained, spray the affected area with an appropriate carpet detergent to help kill some of the surviving pathogens. After spraying the area, allow it to sit for 10 minutes so the disinfectant has time to work.

Blot up Excess Fluids: Use disposable towels or rags to blot as much excess fluid as you can and then carefully dispose of the soiled rags in a sealable bag.

Extract Absorbed Fluids: The carpet will absorb some of the fluid so removing them will be the next step. Use a wet-vacuum to thoroughly wet and remove any fluids. Repeat the process of wetting and suctioning several times. While wetting the affected area be sure to prevent any water from spreading beyond the initial boundary.

Re-disinfect: After vacuuming, thoroughly re-saturate the area with an appropriate disinfectant. Follow your carpet manufacturer’s recommendations since certain products can damage carpet fibers and dyes.

Let Sit: After completely disinfecting the area, allow the disinfectant to set and work for up to 20 minutes to make sure it has the full effect.

Third Disinfect: Repeat the previous two steps of disinfecting and then allowing to sit for 10-20 minutes.

Rinse: Once the final round of disinfecting is complete, rinse the area one last time to remove any remaining detergent or disinfecting solution. After rinsing, wet-vacuum the area.

Dry: Next, dry the area thoroughly with rags to draw out any remaining moisture and then place fans near the area to completely dry it,

Wrap up: After the area is clean, properly dispose of all rags and PPE contaminated by the spill. In addition, thoroughly clean all other equipment used during the spill cleanup.

https://cultureofsafety.thesilverlining.com/safety-tips/proper-blood-clean-up/

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Causes of sewer backups

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

Causes of sewer backups

While most basement water problems are not caused by sewer backups, the Civil Engineering Research Foundation reports that the number of backed up sewers is increasing at an alarming rate of about 3 percent annually. There are a number of causes of sewer backups—here are some of the most common.

  • Aging sewer systems ? The American Society of Civil Engineers indicates that the nation's 500,000-plus miles of sewer lines are on average over thirty years old. The increase in the number of homes connected to already aging sewage systems has also contributed to rapid increases in sanitary sewer backups, flooded basements and overflows.
  • Combined pipelines ? Problems arise in systems that combine storm water and raw sewage into the same pipeline. During many rain storms, the systems are exposed to more volume than they can handle, and the result is a sewage backup situation that allows sewage to spew out into basements and other low lying drains.

https://www.iii.org/article/protect-your-house-from-sewer-backups

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