Are you dealing with once-in-a-quarter-century rainfall and flooding in northern and central California? The first priority is personal safety. Don’t venture into parts of your home or business that have signs of structural damage. If you need help finding immediate shelter, we recommend you find the closest open shelter or contact the Northern California Red Cross.
Once the worst has passed and you’re looking at the damage and restoration work, it’s not uncommon to use storage to protect items during the repair and recovery process. Closetbox wanted to do a little something extra for residents and business owners that have been affected by the recent flooding and mudslides. We’re offering a $100 discount to customers who need storage as part of the recovery and restoration from the recent rainfall and flooding.
Tips for Flood Recovery
The golden rule is that time is of the essence. Mudslides and flooding require immediate action to minimize the damage. Salvageable items need to be dried out before mold has a chance to set in (often within 24 hours). A foul smell that lingers after the item has dried is bad news.
You may also need to get on the schedule of a qualified restoration contractor as soon as possible. Chances are you’re not the only in the area who’s suffered flood damage. Yet, before you can schedule repair and restoration, you may first need to contact your home insurance agent about making a claim, working with a claims adjuster to determine how much of the repair costs are covered, and using the insurance company’s pre-approved list of repair contractors.
Storage that Saves Time, Money and Belongings
Part of our secure storage solutions is ensuring our facilities are free of mold and other environmental hazards. Storage is not a holding area for items that have been damaged by flooding. At the same time, just because some of your belongings survived the initial flooding unscathed doesn’t mean they’re automatically safe during the aftermath and necessary repair work. Storage may be especially helpful when the repair work involves pump-out vacuums, mud removal, ventilation fans, floor installation, electrical wiring, drywall dust and paint fumes.
With everything else you have to deal with, don’t let self-storage become the thing that finally sends you over the edge. Our storage includes complimentary pickup, online inventory and on-demand returns. Our storage service is available in metropolitan areas across the country including the Bay Area, Sacramento and southern California.
Salvage and Restoration FAQS
We’re going to leave advice about structural damage to the pros, but there are several frequently asked questions about salvaging items in the immediate aftermath of a flood. Indeed, knowing which items are worth trying to save is crucial to minimizing the overall damage and property loss.
- Mattresses: In most cases, mattresses that have been exposed to flooding must be thrown out, but with minimal exposure and immediate action, you may have a reasonable chance for success.
- Furniture: Upholstered furniture is similar to mattresses in the amount of water damage they can sustain. Wood furniture is trickier because these pieces can often be refinished, but this type of repair isn’t cheap. Before making a final decision, evaluate what furniture is worth restoring.
- Clothing and Laundry: There is a smorgasbord of advice out there based on type of fabric and current condition of the clothes in question. Here’s a great, easy-to-follow laundry guide for flood damage that includes best steps for washable clothes, dry clean only, leather shoes, washers and dryers, and the laundry room itself.