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How Important Is Relocation of Valuables after A Home Floods?

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Understand the Benefits and Challenges That Move-Outs Present Thus Offering Several Options to Jacksonville Homeowners Affected By Flood Damage

Flooding can cause widespread damages in your property in a matter of minutes. Apart from the damage that happens immediately after the water breaches the property, further deterioration continues as time progresses. Moving items from your Jacksonville home after flooding can help prevent or minimize some damages.

What items are most vulnerable to ongoing deterioration?

Most of the valuables you have in your Jacksonville house are bound to deteriorate when exposed to flooding because:

  • Moisture leads to rusting of metals
  • Water causes wood to swell, warp or rot
  • Humidity sparks microbial growth
  • Contaminants embed permanently to porous materials

Apart from the moisture deposited when materials are exposed to floodwaters, processes such as evaporation or water wicking through materials spread the moisture further. When your items remain in the waterlogged property, there is a risk of continued exposure, thus worsening damages.

How fast should a move-out be done to be effective?

If the only reason for moving items from the loss site is to prevent further deterioration, then a speedy removal is essential. Our SERVPRO crews can help facilitate your goal in different ways, including offering different move out options like:

  • Full move out to an external facility
  • Partial move out within the property
  • Provision of temporary storage containers

We recommend an option based on the prevailing conditions at the loss site. For instance, if the damage is minimal and confined to some parts of the property, it is easier to move items to the unaffected section. We also take further precautions such as sealing off the openings between the affected and unaffected areas with plastic sheets to limit the transfer of materials.

Protecting items after flood damage can lead to better outcomes. Call SERVPRO of Jacksonville South at (904) 762-8066 to help manage move-outs from your property if necessary. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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