What to Do in Case of a Flood or Fire?

What to Do in Case of a Flood or Fire?

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Different regions of the world experience different weather patterns and that means your home could be vulnerable to various environmental threats, depending upon your zip code.  In coastal, temperate regions, of course, there is always a threat of excess moisture in the form of rain or even a torrential downpour.  Dry inland areas, on the other hand, are always vulnerable to excessive, and oppressive, heat.  These two regions, then, are particularly vulnerable to flood and fire.  And, actually, the deserts can also experience monsoons, which puts homeowners at risk for flash flooding, too.

As a homeowner, you need to know these things, as it will help you to prepare for certain inevitable environmental threats.  Obviously, you will want to get an insurance policy to cover damages caused by these threats and assist you in the repairs, but you can still take initiative to protect your home, which will make the Renovco fire and flood restoration process a little easier should one of these potentially catastrophic events happen.


Flooding—and other types of major water damage—can occur as a result of a torrential downpour, broken levees, hurricanes, and more. To reduce the risk of damage from flooding, here are some things you can do after the event, as you wait for more help to arrive:

  • Remove as much excess water as possible (mopping, blotting, etc.)
  • Remove all lamps and items from tabletops
  • Wipe away excess moisture away from all wood furniture
  • Place aluminium foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet to reduce water damage
  • Remove coloured rugs and wet carpeting to avoid colour bleeding
  • Remove any art objects from the room
  • Pick up loose items from the floor (again, to avoid water damage)
  • Use the air conditioner (if you have one) to help speed the drying process


In the event of a fire, here are some things you might want to do to also minimize further risk of damage:

  • Restrict movement to prevent embedding soot into the upholstery and the carpets
  • Use clean towels—especially old linens and rags—on rugs, carpets, and other upholstery to add protection
  • Empty the freezer and the refrigerator (if you need to shut off the electricity)
  • Clean and protect chrome fixtures with petroleum jelly (Vaseline)
  • Use a wet cloth to clean houseplants
  • Change your HVAC filter
  • Tape at least two layers of cheesecloth over the air vents which will help to filter out excess dirt, dust, and soot

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