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What Must Happen Quickly After a Flash Flood in Santa Monica?

8/13/2020 (Permalink)

Southern California experiences flooding. Should water invade your home, call SERVPRO!

Flash Floods can Destroy Homes and Condos, but with Several Steps Taken Quickly After These Disasters, there is a Better Opportunity to Lessen the Severity of the Damages

Severe weather situations are unpredictable for Santa Monica homes and businesses throughout our service area. What can begin is a beautiful sunny day here in Southern California can quickly turn into a damaging weather event. Understanding how fast storms can impact the entire region, it is not improbable for situations like flash floods to develop and compromise multiple homes and commercial properties in the city in a brief period.

Flash flood damage in Santa Monica can be widespread and involve many residences and properties at the same time. The pace of rushing water against aging structures can create vulnerabilities that allow water to get into the house and spread throughout the main floor. Because floor drains are not a standard installation in residences, floodwater has no place to go until extraction and other mitigation steps can get underway when SERVPRO professionals reach your address. 

What Information Needs Conveying with Your Emergency Call? 

When you speak with our helpful staffed emergency line, relaying the right information can ensure that these details reach the appropriate parties. Understanding the severity of the situation dictates the equipment taken and the personnel secured to respond to these disasters. From flood removal to environmental cleaning products and equipment, not every tool and device in our extensive inventory is beneficial for restoring flood damages, especially natural flooding that can bring debris and solids into the residence. When speaking with our operators, you should be able to tell them:

  • Location
  • Conditions in the house
  • Presence of standing water
  • Safety concerns
  • Any measures you have already taken to lessen damages

What Can I Do While I Wait for Help to Arrive? 

Disasters can often leave homeowners feeling powerless against the damage in their home, but there are some actions you can take while waiting on our competent SERVPRO flood restoration company to arrive. Even seemingly small tasks completed quickly can have a dramatic impact on the total losses that you experience or how readily your home and contents can be preserved after a flash flood. Because these disasters happen so rapidly and unexpectedly, preventative steps should only get taken when it is safe to do so. Some of the actions homeowners can take before our SERVPRO team arrives include:

  • Shut off utilities
  • Move valuable contents to unaffected areas of the house
  • Get everyone safely out of the house

What Can SERVPRO Do to Reduce Losses? 

Emergency services play a vital role in protecting your property and how efficiently restoration and build-back can occur. Direct restorative and protective actions started with our arrival can prevent costlier widespread damages from continued water penetration, the presence of debris and solids throughout the property, or over-saturation and deterioration of treasured contents and personal belongings. Our in-house contractors can work with our Santa Monica flood mitigation professionals to determine preemptive steps to protect the house. Some of these emergency services completed when our team first arrives include:

  • Board-up
  • Tarping
  • Temporary Fencing
  • Debris Removal/Muck-Out
  • Content Management

What Are the Effective Extraction Options? 

Flood removal and drying are the foundation of successful water and storm damage recovery in your house. From structural breaches that allow runoff into areas like the attic to the immediate damages of flash flooding penetrating doorways and other vulnerabilities of your single-story home, removing standing water and saturation is the base of successful flood mitigation and restoration. The removal of pooling in some damaged regions of your residence can simultaneously fall to many different extraction units. With the presence of debris and solids expected in natural flooding scenarios, specific water removal tools get used to overcome these obstacles, such as:

  • Trash Pumps
  • Truck-Mount Extractors
  • Wet Vacuums

Likewise, drying also must be calculated and happen as soon as possible to reduce moisture migration through the property. Specialty drying tools can go above and beyond the capabilities of the standard air movers and dehumidification approach for evaporation. We use floor mat drying systems, positive pressure systems, negative pressure systems, and trailer desiccant dehumidifiers for whole-house moisture removal.

As overwhelming as flood losses might initially appear, our SERVPRO of Santa Monica / Venice Beach team can help with efficient and effective water removal, drying, and cleaning practices. We can make flooding disasters “Like it never even happened.” Flash flooding happens quickly, so you can expect our professionals to respond fast to help when you call (310) 395-9050.

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