SOURCE: Restoration Industry Association

Restoration Industry Association

May 22, 2013 13:23 ET

RIA Offers Clean-Up Tips Following the Tornadoes

ROCKVILLE, MD--(Marketwired - May 22, 2013) - In the wake of the tornadoes that swept through Oklahoma this week, the Restoration Industry Association (RIA) has these tips for individuals now beginning the clean-up and damage assessment process:

  • Notify your insurance company of the loss.
  • Keep a notebook to track dates and times of conversations with individuals pertaining to your claim.
  • Save receipts for meals, hotels, toiletries, replacement clothing, prescriptions, etc.
  • Take photos for future reference and insurance claims. This provides a digital inventory of some contents and damage.
  • Homeowners with appropriate insurance coverage may hire any restoration company they choose and are not limited to those suggested by an insurer.
  • If electrical appliances such as televisions and computers were damaged by water, do not turn them back on when power is restored. This can result in electric shock and further damage to the appliance. Electronics can often be cleaned & restored by knowledgeable contractors.
  • Drywall, insulation and carpeting/padding impacted by rain will probably need to be removed and replaced.
  • Wear heavy rubber gloves or work gloves and thick-soled shoes, preferably not tennis shoes, since there can be exposed nails, glass and other sharp objects.
  • Wash your hands frequently -- especially before touching your face or eating.
  • Avoid cross contamination -- don't wear dirty clothes or shoes to a clean or undamaged part of a structure.
  • Drink lots of water to stay hydrated.
  • Don't use bleach to disinfect since it is corrosive and can react with other substances. Use household disinfectants.
  • Open drawers and cabinets for interior drying, but don't force them open.
  • Remove standing water from flat surfaces by sponging and blotting.
  • Hard surfaces can be disinfected as well as some soft goods, depending on washability.
  • Beware of scammers offering restoration services. Check references and visit the Restoration Industry Association website -- www.restorationindustry.org -- to find a contractor.

For clean-up tips, information on hiring a contractor and restoration in general, visit the RIA website at www.restorationindustry.org and click on the Consumer link.

The Restoration Industry Association (RIA) is the oldest and largest trade association representing the restoration and reconstruction industry with member firms worldwide. RIA serves and represents the interests of its members by promoting the highest ethical standards; providing education, professional qualification and certification opportunities; positively influencing regulations and governmental actions; and advancing the safety, image, efficiency, and competitiveness of industry members. 

More information is available on the RIA website: www.restorationindustry.org

Contact Information

  • Media Contact:
    Patricia L. Harman,
    Director of Standards & Communications
    Restoration Industry Association
    Cell: 410.456.3700
    Office: 301-231-6505 ext. 28
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