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Come Hell or High Water—Montreal’s Disaster Recovery Service

July 08, 2013

Come Hell or High Water—Montreal’s Disaster Recovery Service
According to the Canadian Red Cross, floods are the most frequently occurring disaster in Canada. They can happen any time of the year, and are usually caused by extreme rainfall or rapidly melting snowpack. The recent and devastating Alberta floods are an extreme example of the damage and power that flooded waterways can cause. With cleanup efforts waiting on the sidelines to get back in to flooded communities like High River, Bragg Creek, and Calgary; one can only be prepared and patiently wait until the waters recede.
Floods can be caused by other factors as well, such as man-made water systems malfunctioning or sewer systems backing up. On a smaller scale, flooding can also be experienced after a fire. The resulting water damage caused by sprinkler systems and fire hoses can often leave building and home owners feeling overwhelmed with the clean up process that ensues.
Although no one wants to imagine the clean up required after experiencing something devastating like a flood or fire, there are a few items that will make your recovery tasks much easier. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
  • Camera or video camera, notebook and pen, to document damage
  • Buckets, mops and rags
  • All-purpose cleaners
  • Large containers for soaking bedding and clothing, and lines to hang them to dry
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Tools (hammer, cutters, pliers etc.)
  • Garbage bags—lots and lots of garbage bags
After a fire or flood, many people are overwhelmed by the clean up process. That’s where hiring a disaster recovery service comes in. Montreal general contractors Dilamco, also offers a thorough and efficient disaster recovery service. We can come in after a fire or flood, and clean up the damage, help you assess the full extent and then repair your home or building.
Having the right equipment and experience makes disaster recovery much quicker and safer for everyone. There are many hazards you must watch out for when re-entering a flooded or fire damaged building. Before entering a building, always check the outside first for signs of damage or danger. Never enter the building if you see signs such as:
  • Water surrounding the building
  • Loose or fallen power lines
  • Natural gas or propane leaks, gasoline or other toxic spills
  • Check the foundation, roof, and steps for cracks or damage
  • Contact a building inspector or structural engineer for advice
  • Check with your municipal government for a listing of building inspectors
If you have flood or fire damage, give Dilamco a call. We can get your building cleaned and repaired safely and efficiently. Call us today!
If you want to learn more about flood recovery, you can read the full guide here:
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