The aftermath of a tornado is devastating, but by following these few simple tips you can be on track to recovering with the least amount of headaches possible.
We understand that this is a traumatic time for you and your family or friends. You may have had your home as well as your possessions tattered, especially after such a great battle against the storms like the tornadoes we’ve had in Missouri this season.
Many people don’t know what they should do or who they can trust to ask for help. So, here are some tips from our point of view that you may find helpful when handling your possessions after a tornado.
Be Mindful Of “Helping Hands”
Many people come to aid and help in a time of devastation, but without proper guidance, sometimes those helping hands can actually make a situation worse.
At Mr. Power Clean, it’s very common for us to find out that our clients initially had help with their clean up from their neighbors, friends and family. However, many of the necessary steps that are required to properly salvage items can easily be misunderstood by willing and helping hands.
Therefore, in order to make certain you can salvage the contents of your home that are precious and valuable, your best bet is to work with a professional who can handle everything and prevent things from becoming worse.
How To Handle & How Not To Handle Your Possessions
The first thing to be mindful of is that a lot of your possessions may be wet. These wet items must be dealt with first and should be separated from all other dry content.
If you are not mindful of this, you will regret it later when you open up your storage unit only to be confronted with a nasty waft of mold and mildew. This may do irreversible damage to everything and anything stored in that area.
Our technicians take it a step further and separate not only the wet from the dry, we also separate the “restorable” vs. the “damaged” as well as the “to be cleaned” vs. the “store only”. (described in more detail below)
Secondly, choose a storage facility for your possessions that is climate controlled. This will help to reduce the mold and mildew. You will also be needing storage for the duration that your home is being rebuilt.
What Do The Different Restoration Processes Mean?
- Restorable vs. Damaged
After the wet and dry content has been separated it is important to additionally separate yet again. Separating items creates a game plan or method to all the madness. Many of the wet content items and others may be considered to be “damaged” in a tornado.
Flying debris can mar large furniture and shattered glass will ruin upholstery and linens. If these damaged items are separated first, it’s easier to put together a damaged inventory list for you to be able to turn into your insurance company for compensation. “Restorable” means the opposite. The restorable items can be cleaned and restored to be as good as new.
- To Be Cleaned vs. Store Only
Further separating into “to be cleaned” and “store only” categories creates clear intent between the restoration contractor, insurance company and you the insured.
Some rooms or levels of your house may not have been affected by the storm. These contents should be considered as “store only” meaning the only viable money’s allotted are to be for content manipulation and storage costs. “To be cleaned” would entail content manipulation costs, cleaning/restoring costs and storage costs.
Choose Trustworthy Contractors
Do your research!
Unfortunately, it’s very easy to be taken advantage of in these times. Don’t trust the “one call can take care of it all” contractors unless they have spelled out exactly how they will be handling your possessions and home.
In our professional opinion it is typically better to choose local contractors rather than those who might be from out of town, otherwise known as “storm chasing contractors“.
Your insurance company may recommend a contractor to you, but you as the insurance policy holder are 100% responsible for whom you choose to perform the work. Don’t sign any work authorizations if you haven’t yet fully researched their credibility.
Trust Mr. Power Clean For All Your Restoration Needs After A Tornado
We hope these tips help save you some grief and guide you through this difficult time. When it comes to restoring your belongings including your possessions and home, we offer full transparency and perform our services with integrity.
Our team is experienced in restoration of all types. We are licensed, certified as well as equipped to take on any large or small restoration. Need items stored safely in a dry climate controlled environment? We have the perfect solution with our 13,000 sq. ft. storage and remediation facility.
Need assistance understanding your insurance claim? We work with all insurance companies and fully understand each of their policy requirements to ensure no benefits that you’re entitled to get overlooked.
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