Water damage is caused by a variety of accidents and hardships including faulty plumbing and malfunctioning appliances in addition to torrential downpours and hurricanes. Whether due to man made or natural disasters flood damage that leads to water in the home or water in a business can cause devastating consequences for structures and can destroy personal property, rendering it irreparable and incredibly costly to replace. In the Ft. Myers, Florida area the risk and worry of flood damage is a concern for home and business owners in the community. With the frequency of heavy rains, tropical storms and hurricanes, the Ft Myers area is especially prone to flooding and so residents have to be aware of the increased likelihood that water in the home or water in a business due to flooding will be a reality they’ll have to deal with.
Mitigation is key to making sure that damage to a home or business is minimal. Residents and business owners in Ft. Myers and other areas along Florida’s gulf coast – including Ft. Myers Beach, Estero, Marco Island, Sanibel Island, Lehigh Acres, and Naples – need to have mitigation plans in place and in practice to protect their properties from water damage.
In order to minimize the damage that flooding can cause property owners need to understand the process of cleaning up after a flood. Since the areas in FL’s gulf coast area are exposed to water and tropical storms with heavy rains the risk of flooding increases and when a structure floods air movement is essential to the drying process. Drying as quickly as possible is key to mitigating and limiting the damages of water. Open doors and windows promote air movement and allow spaces to dry more quickly. Property owners should leave doors and windows open whenever it is safe and secure to do so and weather permits. Property owners in the gulf coast area of Fort Myers, FL and its surrounding towns – including Estero, Marco Island, Sanibel Island, Lehigh Acres, Naples, and Ft. Myers Beach – who find themselves faced with the need to air out their home or business after a flood should also remember to open doors inside of the house as well. Bedroom doors, closet doors, bathroom doors, pantries, and any doors leading to attic or basement access should be opened as well so that air can circulate and dry the areas in enclosed spaces. Fans should also be used if they can be used safely in the space because they aid in the drying process.
The thought of flood damage can be enough to make property owners fearful, but the reality of it is often inevitable. Natural disasters and everyday accidents cause flooding unexpectedly all the time, but with careful planning and insurance property owners can minimize the damage that they incur.
If you ever have water or flooding in your home or business reach out to the team at SERVPRO of Central Ft. Myers for help. http://www.servprocentralftmyers.com