by Client Care
on Friday, September 20th, 2013 at 6:41am.
After a few solid days of lovely Colorado sunshine, homeowners in the communities of Boulder County, Larimer County, Weld County, Denver County and El Paso County have begun to see the full extent of damage from the September 2013 flood. Although today’s reports are saying that thousands of homes have received damage as a result of being in the flood zone, the majority of people living along the Front Range have homes that went untouched. Still these numbers tell the story of what a portion of Colorado residents have ahead of them. The good news is that the sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the cleanup process is well underway! Every day that passes brings new resources to the communities affected by the 2013 Colorado Flood.
Here are some tips we hope will help with clean up.
Start making lists! Keep a record of things like conversations you had with insurers, contractors, or any other kind of responder you come into contact with. Also, start keeping track of your expenses with receipts. Take pictures and inventory anything you have to throw out because it is beyond repair.
Only use trusted contracted services! There are lots of rules, regulations, and codes that builders, sub-contractors, and especially electricians will have to comply with during every step.
BEWARE of scammers! There have already been reports of this happening, so remember if it sounds to good to be true it usually is!
Be cautious when you re-enter your home. There are potential health hazards like malfunctioning electrical systems and mold. If your electricity has been turned off, do not use gas powered generators for alternative energy sources.
Be sure to wear gloves and protective footwear when cleaning up debris.
Do not run your heating or air conditioning units without having them checked for moisture! These items will effectively spread mold spores throughout your home if they were touched by the flood.
Use fans and aim them out a window to dry interior floors.
During the cleanup process, remember that although not everything is going to be salvageable, a lot of it will be! Here is a link to a site with information like how to dry out your photographs and what to do with large appliances.
Let go of the things you must part with! In the essence of time, you need to let go of your grandmother’s smashed tea set, along with the anger and emotion of loss you feel about having to let go! You need to dig in deep, get dirty and reclaim what is yours. (Of course this definitely does not apply to people who have to wait to for government recovery teams!)
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Flood Resources Page http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/CDPHE-EPR/CBON/1251645971558