ROCKVILLE, MD--(Marketwired - Sep 18, 2013) - As residents of Boulder, Colo., assess the damage following massive flooding, the Restoration Industry Association (RIA) offers these clean up tips:
- Notify your insurance company of the loss.
- Keep a notebook to track dates and times of conversations with individuals pertaining to your claim.
- Save receipts for meals, hotels, toiletries, replacement clothing, prescriptions, etc.
- Take photos of each room for future reference and insurance claims. This will provide a digital inventory of some visible contents.
- If electrical appliances such as televisions and computers are damaged by water, do not turn them back on when power is restored. This can result in electric shock and/or do further damage to the appliance. Electronics can often be cleaned and restored by restoration contractors trained in this area.
- Transport computers and musical instruments to a dry environment.
- Wear heavy rubber gloves or work gloves and thick-soled shoes, preferably not tennis shoes.
- Be careful of muddy water -- there can be sharp items such as broken glass, nails, etc.
- Open windows to ventilate the area. Open drawers and cabinets for interior drying, but don't force them open.
- Remove standing water from flat surfaces by sponging and blotting.
- Hard surfaces can be disinfected as well as some soft goods, depending on washability.
- Remove lamps and other items from wet furniture tops.
- Dry out as much as you can to prevent further damage.
- Avoid cross contamination -- don't wear dirty clothes or shoes to the clean part of the house.
- Drink lots of water to stay hydrated.
- Wash your hands frequently -- especially before touching your face or eating.
- Don't use bleach to disinfect since it is corrosive and can react with other substances. Use regular household disinfectants.
- Drywall, insulation and carpeting/padding impacted by mud and water will probably need to be removed and replaced.
- Beware of scammers offering restoration services. Check references and visit the Restoration Industry Association website -- www.restorationindustry.org -- to find a contractor.
"While residents are anxious to get back and assess the damage to their homes and businesses, safety should be a primary concern," said RIA President Sam Bergman, CR. "RIA has information on its website and our members will be working to get the area's infrastructure, businesses and homes restored and back to normal as quickly as possible."
For clean up tips, information on hiring a contractor, and restoration & remediation in general, visit the RIA website at www.restorationindustry.org and click on the Consumer links to the left of the home page.
The Restoration Industry Association (RIA) has member firms worldwide. RIA provides leadership and promotes best practices through advocacy, standards and professional qualifications for the restoration industry. More information is available on the RIA website: www.restorationindustry.org.