There are two things every Aspen resident needs, according to the city government: flood insurance and a flood plan. This is especially important for anyone living in the 100-year floodplain.
Why is flooding such a pressing issue in Aspen? Living so close to Roaring Fork River means anticipating a possible flood anytime the water levels rise. Plus, flooding of any kind can cause some serious water damage in your home.
What do you after a flood hits your home? Whether you’re looking at a burst pipe or a natural disaster, it’s important to know how to handle it and what to do to restore your property.
Read on to learn everything you need to know about handling water damage in Aspen.
Preparing For an Emergency
The best way to handle an emergency is to prepare for it in advance. Let’s talk about some of the steps you can take before a flood hits that will help mitigate some of that water damage.
Preparing for Natural Disasters
When you live in an area like Aspen, it’s important to stay prepared for flooding. Make sure you know what radio stations provide updates when flooding occurs and pack an emergency disaster kit. Remember, an emergency disaster kit should include both the supplies you need and copies of all of your important documents.
When you know a flood is coming, take precautions. Move your valuables to higher floors. If you’re in a zone that tends to get hit the hardest, make sure you’re prepared to sandbag and ditch your property.
Finally, make sure you know where your emergency breaker is. In the event of a serious flood, it’s important to shut off your electricity.
Preparing for Burst Pipes
It may seem counterintuitive to prepare for something as unexpected as burst pipes. However, the solution is simple.
Your biggest priority, when a pipe bursts, is to shut off the water supply. Make sure you know where your main water supply shut off valve is. In most residential properties, you will find this valve in the basement or on a utility wall outside.
Assessing the Damage
Once the source of flooding has been addressed and it is safe to return to your property, it’s time to assess the damage. Let’s take a look at how that works and why it’s important.
Documenting Water Damage
When you’re documenting the water damage in your property, you’re going to want to gather as much evidence as possible. That means taking photos and videos in addition to itemizing any destroyed valuables.
If the damage is severe, you may want to bring an appraiser to the property to get a professional opinion.
Contacting Your Insurance
Why do you need to document the damage? Why can’t you just start fixing it right away?
Most Aspen property owners have flooding insurance and with serious water damage, you’re going to want to use it. However, to receive full coverage, you’re going to need to prove two things.
The first thing you’ll need to prove is how bad the damage is. The second is what you’re doing to address that damage as quickly as possible to mitigate worsening damage down the road.
Calling in Flood Restoration
Should you try to tackle water damage on your own? After serious flooding, it’s best to call in flood restoration professionals. With a Helpers Disaster Restoration in Aspen, you don’t need to outsource to Denver to get professional restoration.
Let’s take a look at what we’ll do to restore your property.
Dry Out the Property
First thing’s first: we dry out your property. After severe flooding, your property needs more than just an overnight airdry. It will take industrial equipment to remove water from the walls and floors and reduce the humidity inside.
Why is this such an important step? When a property remains damp for too long, it becomes more likely to develop costly structural damage. Property with severe structural damage becomes uninhabitable.
Plus, lingering moisture creates the perfect breeding grounds for mold. Mold isn’t just unpleasant to look at. It can also exacerbate symptoms of respiratory ailments such as asthma and allergies.
By prioritizing drying out the property, we can stop the water damage from spreading and getting worse.
Replace Water Damaged Structural Elements
Some structural elements are bound to undergo damage in the event of flooding. Many of these elements are easy to replace and it often makes more economic sense to replace them rather than restore them.
Anytime we’re dealing with flooding, we’re probably looking at floor replacement. Whether you have carpeting, linoleum, or wood flooring, it often makes the most sense to remove the damaged sections and rebuild. In some cases, your flooring may look fine on the surface but have damaged subflooring just below.
We may also need to demolish and replace certain walls, especially if the drywall or insulation sustained water damage. We work quickly and efficiently to ensure that you can get back to your property as soon as possible.
Let Helpers Disaster Restoration Deal With Your Water Damage
If you live in Aspen, Colorado, you’re bound to see a flood or two in your lifetime. Whether you’re concerned about your residential property or your commercial property, rest assured that Helpers Disaster Restoration is here to help. Water damage is no laughing matter, and we work hard to restore your property as diligently and quickly as possible.
To get started, contact us today. Call us at 970-927-3600 or fill out our online form with your name, email, and a description of the damage to be restored. We’ll be in touch right away to discuss what we can do to restore your property.