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Tropical Storm/ Hurricane Newsletter Sept 2008
In This Issue
* Welcome
* Preparation
* After the Tropical Storm/ Hurricane
* Tips from SERVPRO

Joseph W. Fleming III, PE

Joseph Fleming III, PE – Owner – Home Inspector 

  Joseph Fleming is a licensed Home Inspector in NJ and NY and a Professional Engineer. He is a member/director of the Garden State Chapter of the  American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI).  

Mike

Mike Hoyt – Home Inspector

  Mike Hoyt is a licensed NJ Home Inspector.  He is a member of New Jersey Association of Licensed Professional Home Inspectors (NJ-ALPHI).  He has been in the construction field for over 20 years.

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Welcome 

Welcome to our extra newsletter all about tropical storms and hurricanes. With tropical storm Hanna on her way over to the East coast, we’d like to inform you on some before-and-after action to make sure you are prepared. 

First, we’ll give you some advice of things you should do to be prepared for any tropical storm or hurricane. Second, we’ll give you some advice about important steps to take after you’ve been hit by a tropical storm or hurricane. And last, but not least, we have tips from SERVPRO to help you take care of any water damage that you might have after a tropical storm or hurricane. 

Be prepared. Be safe. And most important, stay dry.

Tropical Storm/ Hurricane preparation

DownspoutBefore a tropical storm or hurricane arrives, it is important to make sure your home is in good condition. This way you can avoid any major problems during a tropical storm/hurricane. 

One of the most important things is to make sure your gutters are clean and that the downspouts and leaders are working and in place. Make sure the drainage around your home is leading water away from the foundation. Tropical storms and hurricanes usually bring a lot of rain with them, and you want the water to be collected around the home in a controlled manor and to have it drain to other places.   
 
Another important issue is to check if you have any battery operated flashlights in your home. If the power goes off for whatever reason, you want to be able to grab the flashlight without much trouble. Also, check the batteries and make sure they are working, and have an extra set.
If your basement is prone to puddling or flooding, make sure that anything important is placed on a higher level to avoid water damage.

After the Tropical Storm/ Hurricane

Water

After the tropical storm/hurricane has passed, you want to check if you have any water damage. If there is any water damage, you want to make sure to contact your insurance company immediately. Find out what you may need to do for a claim and how they are going to help you.
The second thing you want to do is remove water that has entered your home and to control/reduce the humidity within the first 24 to 48 hours to help avoid the occurrence of mold.  Mold needs moisture and a biological surface to grow on such as wood, paper or leather.  This is why it is critical to reduce moisture and humidity levels immediately.  The EPA has a terrific fact sheet and guide titled "Flood Cleanup: Avoiding Indoor Air Quality Problems" that you can follow.  We hope you never need it. 

To get some professional help with water cleanup inside the home, contact Janet Pomante at SERVPROä. SERVPROä provides Fire and Water Clean Up and Restoration.  Janet’s motto is "Like it never even happened".  For some tips from SERVPROä, read the article below.

ServproTips from SERVPRO 

The following tips were provided by Janet Pomante of SERVPROä.  In case the worst happens in the coming storm:

* Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.

* Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
* Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
* Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
* Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
* Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
* Use wooden clothes pins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.
* Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
* Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

For guidance, advice and help cleaning up your home contact Janet Pomante of SERVPROä directly at C:201-376-8390, O:201-445-5588 or e: servpro9475@yahoo.com.

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