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Evacuating Before Flooding Crests in Hudson Could Avoid Some Safety Risks

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Evacuating Before Flooding Crests in Hudson Could Avoid Some Safety Risks SERVPRO Suggests After Evacuation Due to Flooding, Call Us for Water Removal and Mitigation Services

SERVPRO Advises Residents in Hudson that Safety First Regarding Storm and Flood Conditions

While evacuating your home can be difficult in the face of a major storm, the safety benefits of such an action can often outweigh the deficits of leaving. Flood damage in Hudson can cause many dangerous and unpredictable consequences for people trapped in their homes, most of which can be avoided by temporarily evacuating to a safer area. Note that in some scenarios, staying in place may be less risky than seeking refuge elsewhere, especially if water blocks roadways. However, here are just a few of the risks you can avoid by vacating the area.

Fire Risk
Even with your home doused in water, flood damage can cause Hudson homes to catch fire in many different ways. Electrical fires can start when water reaches electronic devices and power outlets. Heat and lighting fixtures may be damaged and set fire to nearby materials if floodwaters hit them and knock them over. In some cases, chemical fires may start as substances both within and from outside the home combine and react negatively. If you are still in your home when a fire starts, it may be difficult to escape with a flood added into the mix.

Rising Water
While most floods come and go quickly, some especially disastrous events can leave you in a perilous situation as water rises. Direct contact with standing water can expose you to dangerous bacteria, viruses, other pathogens, and fungi, and if your home occupies a single story, avoiding this contact may be impossible in some cases. However, a two-story structure offers refuge from most floodwaters, as water depth rarely rises above a single floor.

Structural Instability
Floods can cause severe damage to the structural integrity of your home, even if it is a single story and of newer construction. Large volumes of water can rapidly disintegrate or even physically tear apart materials in your home, exacerbating existing problems and creating new ones. Particularly disastrous floods can even trap you in your home or cause personal injury. If you do remain in your home, try to stay on the high ground in a structurally stable location.

SERVPRO of Marlboro / Concord is ready to respond even in the midst of major storms. To start recovery of your home faster, call us at (978) 486-9868.

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