If you're living in a region that's suffering through the hurricanes right now, the most important thing you can do is stay safe. Once the water recedes and you're allowed back to your home, you'll need to be prepared for what will come next. Cleaning up after a hurricane is never easy or safe. However, there are some steps you can take to alleviate some of the work and provide a safer work environment. Here are a couple steps you'll need to take once you begin cleaning up after the storm.
Check for Hazardous Conditions
When you're finally allowed to return to your home, you'll need to go slow and easy at first. There may be quite a few safety hazards around your home. Before you start cleaning up, take a walk around your property and check for hazardous conditions.
One of the most important things you can do is assess the water level. If the water is still several feet deep in your yard, don't approach your home until you're sure that the power has been turned off. If your outlets have been exposed to water, you could be in danger of electrical shock or electrocution.
During flood conditions, it's not uncommon for pests to wash up near your home. During a hurricane, those pest problems could be even more significant. While you're inspecting your home, be on the lookout for hazardous pests including snakes and even alligators.
If your home was subjected to heavy rains, high winds, and deep flood waters, its structural integrity could have been undermined. The first thing you should do is look at the roof. If it shows signs of collapse, don't go inside. Next, try to open the doors. If they appear to be jammed from the top, the walls may be collapsing down on to them. Have your home inspected by a contractor before you begin cleanup efforts.
Rent a Roll-Off Dumpster
Once you've determined that it's safe to begin the cleanup efforts, you're going to need to rent a roll-off dumpster. This is particularly important if your home has been under several feet of water. You may have a buildup of mud and debris in your home, which means just about everything will need to be thrown away. A roll-off dumpster will give you the space you need to get rid of the debris. Be sure to arrange to have it emptied at least once a week to prevent delays in your cleanup efforts. For neighborhood cleanup efforts, get with your neighbors to rent several dumpsters, and then work together as a team to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.
For more information, contact local professionals like those found at Contractors Disposal Inc.