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Protecting Your Belongings Before Flood Damage in West Chicago

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Protecting Your Belongings Before Flood Damage in West Chicago SERVPRO Says Place Electronics High Above a Floodline If Storms Threaten West Chicago

SERVPRO Tip--Prepare for Impending Flooding by Protecting Your Possessions

While flood damage in West Chicago can come suddenly and without much time to prepare, there are some things you can do in advance to help mitigate your financial losses in the disaster. Many valuable belongings in the average American home are very susceptible to water and especially flood damage, but some manageable mindfulness can help to protect these objects from all but the worst disasters. Make use of these protective measures to better survive any future disasters in your home.
 
Make Use of Airtight Bins and High Places
Airtight plastic containers can very effectively protect many smaller objects in your West Chicago home from flood damage. These containers and bins should be cheap and plentiful at nearby grocery stores, as they are commonly used to seal and store food for extended periods of time. Electronics, jewelry, clothing, and other belongings can be organized, stored, and protected with these bins, especially if they are placed in cabinets or shelves high above where floodwaters usually reach. Big-box home improvement centers offer a wide range of waterproof containers, especially for larger items or amounts.
 
Cover Electronics in Plastic Sheets
If you know a flood may arrive soon, you may be able to protect larger electronics and water-sensitive objects by wrapping them in plastic. While these sheets may offer little protection against physical damage and standing water, they may be able to provide enough resistance to light flooding to save expensive belongings. By keeping the high humidity after water intrusion off these devices can keep chips and microswitches dry. Plastic tarps or sheets are ideal for this purpose, but plastic wrap and tape can also help.
 
Remove Furniture Cushions
While moving furniture before a flood hits may be impossible, you may be able to mitigate damage to couches, chairs, and other objects by removing cushions and pillows. These should be relatively easy to remove and place high above floodwaters. This removal and elevation help to prevent color bleed in the fabric and reduces the risk of mold damage later on.
 
SERVPRO of Carol Stream / East Bloomingdale provides expert flood damage mitigation and restoration services for homeowners in the area. Call us at the first sign of flood damage to your home at (630) 830-6236.

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