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Is It Safe To Enter A Building That Is Recovering From A Water Damage?

7/7/2021 (Permalink)

Many people have one question: whether or not it is safe to enter their Huntsville home after a water damage. The answer is purely situational and depends on three things, if the building is structurally sound, if there are any electrical hazards, and if entering the house can lead to injuries.

Checking to make sure your house did not sustain any structural damage in the aftermath of a water damage is key to understanding whether or not it is safe to go inside. Some ways to tell if there is structural damage in your house are uneven gaps on your windows and doors, cracks or bulging in walls and ceilings, slopping or cracking on floors, and/or shifting or loud unusual noises that could mean a possible collapse. If any of these occur don’t enter your home and immediately contact SERVPRO of Madison County. If you are unsure about the extent of damage to your house call for a free estimate.

Entering a home with electrical hazards can be extremely dangerous so it is important to make sure that entering your house after a water damage cannot cause you or others harm. If your house is still wet or there is still standing water the safest and most effective measure to take before entering your home is going to the main breaker and turning off the power. This will allow you to enter your home without risking being shocked by an electrical current. But to be safe, calling an electrician to examine the electrical components of your house will assure you a safe reentry into your home.

Slick surfaces and falling objects are some of the many things commonly found in buildings recovering from water damages that can lead to injuries. Coming into contact with some of these can lead to cuts, bruises, and broken bones. If you are entering a water-damaged building take caution and wear a hard hat, eye goggles, rubber boots, and a facemask. It is also advised that you do not bring children into a building recovering from a water damage. Taking the precaution will help maintain safety and get rid of injuries when entering a water-damaged building?

Taking these precautions will help you assess whether it is safe to enter your Huntsville home after a water damage. If you experience a water damage in Huntsville, Al or its surrounding areas contact SERVPRO at (256) 533-5335. 

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