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SERVPRO's Advice for Returning to a Storm-Damaged Eagle Rock Residence

8/18/2015 (Permalink)

Do not enter your home if you notice odd smells, questionable structural integrity, or external flooding.

SERVPRO's Advice for Returning to a Storm-Damaged Residence

While returning home to Eagle Rock storm damage can be stressful, it's important to show caution. Furthermore, make sure that local authorities have given the all-clear before returning home.

Coming Home
Hold off on tending to wounded parties unless they're in dire straits or at immediate risk of worsening injuries. If you encounter anyone rendered unconscious, stabilize their neck and back if the body must be moved. Call for assistance once injured parties are safe. Beyond handling the wounded, SERVPRO advises the following:
    •    Watch for animals and insects; especially poisonous varieties. Mind your footing. Use a long prod to sort through debris.
    •    Only use phones for emergencies.
    •    Always carry a battery-operated radio with new batteries.
    •    Use a flashlight when inspecting Eagle Rock storm damage. Turn it on before entering to avoid igniting the gas.
    •    Avoid streets if you can; if you can't, watch for fallen power lines, debris, and unstable infrastructure.

Precautions for Reentry
Closely assess the exterior and look for structural damage, gas leaks, and fallen power lines. Do not enter your home if you notice odd smells, questionable structural integrity, or external flooding.

Safe Entrance Procedures
Follow this checklist after you can enter:
    •    Gas Leak: Avoid fire-related activities or objects until you can confirm gas is contained. Any blowing or hissing sounds or strange smells may indicate leaking gas. Vacate gas leaks immediately, and then shut off the main line or contact your gas provider.
    •    Electricity: Watch for unsafe wiring. Avoid electrical systems when either you or your interior are wet, like from flooding or Eagle Rock storm damage. Shut off power from the main breaker, fuse box, or by contacting a professional electrician.
    •    Interior Foundation: Evacuate upon finding cracks.
    •    Food Storage: Ignore supplies that have been improperly sealed, directly exposed to flooding, or otherwise contaminated.

    •     Sewage/Water Systems: Shut off your main valve if you see damaged pipes. Avoid drinking potentially contaminated water. Wells should be pumped and tested. Don't flush toilets until you know sewage lines function.
    •    Chemical Spills: Decontaminate salvageable things with soap, water, and/or bleach. Items that cannot be disinfected, such as furniture, fabrics, and drywall; should be thrown out.
    •    Basement Flooding: Gradually drain your basement no more than a quarter of the level a day to minimize accidental collapsing.

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We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Eagle Rock is close by and ready to respond to storm and disaster events. We are proud to be an active member of the Los Angeles community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

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