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What Are Common Hazards If My House Floods During Spring Rainstorms?

4/20/2020 (Permalink)

Drywall and flooring removed in a room with SERVPRO equipment on the floor. SERVPRO knows storms can take over, let us help you.

SERVPRO Crews Know How to Protect Our Brooklyn Neighbors from Flood Damage Safety Risks

Spring brings the best chance for heavy rains in our borough, with April averaging nearly four inches of precipitation. If rains cause flooding, the range of potential safety issues presented is broad. Merely waiting for the excess water to drain and dry out is not an option. You need experts to identify and help minimize hazards before restoring the damage.

Why Is Identifying Safety Concerns Our First Step?

When flash floods damage your Brooklyn residence, we know you are hoping for an immediate response. Restoration industry best practices require a safety evaluation before emergency mitigation begins. The reasons to consider safety first include:

Personal Hazards

  • Slip, trip, and fall
  • Confined spaces
  • Chemical safety issues

Environmental Hazards

  • Submerged debris
  • Structural damage and weakness
  • Electrical shock


  • Waterborne chemicals
  • Infectious waste from sewage 
  • Molds

Aren’t the Risks the Same for Every Flood?

Every job SERVPRO takes on is unique. The systems and building materials we find in your home are different than what we encountered during our last job. Chances are lack of knowledge of specific circumstances about your home can expose your family and our workers to injury or worse.

Do Our Crews Follow a Flood Safety Checklist?

The comprehensive training our crews master recommends we identify and remedy the following specifics as we evaluate the condition of your flooded home:

Are warning signs for slippery surfaces posted? 

Are carpet tack strips exposed?

We cover to avoid punctures.

Are ceilings sagging? 

We punch weep holes to release water.

Are electrical issues resolved?

  • We avoid switching on wet equipment.
  • We check for and do not use damaged cords. 
  • We zip tie cords.
  • We use ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI).

Are there mold, lead, or asbestos concerns?

We arrange for certified abatement.

Is the water Category 2 or 3?

We contain and discard per local regulations.

SERVPRO of Northwest Brooklyn is ready to assess your flooded home, identifying hazards, and taking steps to prevent injury. Call us at (718) 522-4400 to begin the restoration process safely.

Contractor Licenses:

Residential: 2015353DCA

Mold Remediation: 00055

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