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Flood Restoration

Following are some important actions to take if you are unfortunate enough to experience a flood in your home.  Please note that these steps should be taken as soon as possible – before the restoration process begins.  Notify your insurance company. Take photographs of all damage, both to your home and personal possessions. Document all

Flood Insurance

Some insight into flood insurance. If you are reading this, you are probably just like me in many ways.  You, your loved ones, your friends, your neighbors were ALL affected in some way by the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.  I am one of you.  I lost two homes to the storm.  FIRST and foremost I

Flood Recovery The First Steps

The following will be a general list of the next steps that need to be followed for flood recovery.  ALL of which need to be followed regardless of whether or not you have flood insurance.  The most import of all of these steps is following the SPECIFIC FEMA protocol for flood water clean-up.  AGAIN it

Flood Cleanup

This is where the heavy lifting starts and where flood cleanup begins.  This is also where insurance coverage starts for those with NFIP policies.  FEMA doesn’t specifically pay for contents manipulation; however a good professional company should be able to help and trained on flood cleanup /include the removal of damaged items in their costs. 

Flood Remediation The Next Step

When performing flood remediation after the house is “clean” from the previous step, the structure needs to be treated and sprayed once again to kill any remaining bacteria and microbial residue - mold removal  This is done again with a compressed air sprayer and a product like Microban (bleach is not the best option, as

Flood Insurance Claims

I am no expert on this topic, but have walked through flood insurance claims many times with other homeowners/clients and on my own.  The average time that I am telling clients right now is 30-90 days to reach a claims settlement with your insurance company.  There will be some back and for between you and

Cleanup Estimates Examples

Again, this is taking my professional hat off and speaking off the record as a friend/neighbor about cleanup estimates.  Every situation is a little different and this should be taken with a grain of salt:  For professional service for the Initial rinse/disinfectant/Large item contents removal/demolition/clean-up/final rinse is running approximately $7/sqft (FEMA average).  The structural drying

Home Rebuilding It’s Time

This is a topic that I will save for another time/discussion.  The most important thing now and for the next 30 days will be to make homes safe and to properly mitigate the damages.  It will be VERY important to choose the right professional to help you in the home rebuilding process (see some of

Post Flood FAQs for Homeowners

The following/additional FAQ’s are from a good friend of mine in the remodeling industry.  Some of the information is the same and some it may be a little more concise, but I felt like it was another good resource to include.  The same list can be found on the GHBA website. Article by Dan Bawden,

LSU AgCenter Storm Damage Clean-up Highlights

The Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, known as the LSU AgCenter, is one of 11 institutions within the Louisiana State University System. The LSU AgCenter’s mission is to provide the people of Louisiana with research-based educational information that will improve their lives and economic well-being.

Wet Flood Proofing

The Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station includes 20 research stations across the state at which the research necessary for agricultural enterprises to be profitable in the environments of each area is conducted.

After Gutting a Flooded Home

The LSU AgCenter is headquartered in Baton Rouge and shares physical facilities with the LSU A&M campus, which is the state’s flagship university. Many of the researchers and extension specialists with the LSU AgCenter also have joint appointments in 11 departments within LSU’s College of Agriculture.

Brick Rainscreen Retrofit for Flooded Home

When flooding or moisture gets into a home, no veneer (brick, stone, siding, stucco) can stay completely dry. Even a small amount of moisture that gets past it needs to be drained and dried or it can lead to dangerous mold and damage to building materials.  A solution can be installing a continuous, vented rainscreen

Rising Above the Floods

The LSU AgCenter’s mission is to provide the people of Louisiana with research-based educational information that will improve their lives and economic well-being. The LSU AgCenter includes the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station, which conducts agricultural-based research, and the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service, which extends the knowledge derived from research to the people of the state.

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