STORM DAMAGE RESTORATION
insured or not, it is important for property owners to document storm
damage with photographs or video, and immediately, to begin loss mitigation
procedures themselves; or hire Morocco Service Inc. (qualified contractor)
to do this on your behalf. It is totally inappropriate to put off mitigation
while waiting for insurance claims representative to arrive on the scene
to evaluate the loss. By that time, in all probability sufficient time
will have passed to grow and amplify microorganisms, which may not be
covered by insurance. Loss mitigation is defined by insurance policies
as "reasonable and prudent measures designed to preserve, protect,
and secure property from further damage," including microbial growth
financial resources permit, it is highly recommended that trained, Institute
of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)
Water Damage Restoration Technicians accomplish comprehensive restoration.
Storm Damage Restoration Recommendations
1. Structural Integrity – Before entering
a storm or flood-damaged structure, consider structural integrity,
which may be impacted by the force of the wind on, or the force of
the water entering the structure. When in doubt, obtain an evaluation
by a licensed and qualified builder or structural engineer before
2. Ventilation – Fresh moving air
discourages the growth and amplifications of microorganisms. Open
windows and door and air the structure out thoroughly.
3. Shock Hazards – Ensure that electrical
shock hazards have been eliminated by turning off the supply of electricity
(circuit breakers) to damaged areas. Anticipate that electricity may
be restored suddenly without notice.
4. Personal Protective Equipment –
Wear protective clothing, boots with steel or fiberglass shanks, and
a hard hat. Protect yourself from injury or exposure to microorganisms.
Remove quantities of debris
(silt, vegetation, floating objects brought in by the storm surge),
if present, with shovels, rakes, etc. Carefully clean all tools with
appropriate detergents after use.
the source of water extent of wetting:
1. When wind-blown rain water enters a building, it is important
to identify the route of entry and to trace its path, as possible,
to identify all wet components (ceilings, walls, insulation, framing).
Morocco Restoration uses specialized water-detection equipment and
may be available to assist in the determination.
2. In rising water situations, typically there will be a visible
water line on
drywall or paneling. However, water may migrate or wick upward within
the wall material itself or within insulation behind the wall.
unsalvable or wet materials:
1. When wetting is caused by storm damage and comes from overhead
or around openings in the building envelope, especially when power
has been interrupted in hot climates, it is important to remove wet
components, as possible, to expose pockets of saturation to air circulation
before microbial growth can occur.
a) Begin at the point of water entry and trace the path
of wetting, removing ceiling and wall components and insulation
as you go.
b) Professionals with specialized equipment to dry carpet,
pad and sub flooring materials should be called. It is normally prudent
to remove saturated carpet and pad.
c) It is highly recommended that solid or laminated wood
flooring, or sheet vinyl be removed to expose pockets of saturation.
2. In rising water situations (storm surge with contaminated ground
a) Remove and dispose of drywall, paneling or other wall
materials up to a point of 15-24 inches above the water line visible
on the wall. If possible, stay within four feet of the floor to salvage
as much wall material as possible, since drywall is usually installed
horizontally in 4x8 or 4x12 panels.
b) Remove and dispose of wet insulation materials exposed during
wall removal. Look for evidence of moisture wicking up insulation
c) Remove and dispose of floor coverings; carpet, cushion,
pad, felt, and sheet vinyl, laminate, or tile flooring materials.
structural components with plenty of air circulation,
while maintaining constant ventilation (weather conditions permitting.)
cleaned structural surfaces exposed to fresh air movement for
several days or even weeks,
or until you are sure that they have returned to within four percentage
points of normal moisture content (MC) levels (generally the normal
MC of structural wood is around 10%).
or replace components as required.