Menold Construction and Restoration News
The heavy rainfall in the months of May and June have caused flooding and water damage in many areas of Tazewell County, including Morton, Pekin, East Peoria and Washington. Tazewell County Emergency Management Agency is asking residents to report any uninsured flooding issues that have occurred since June 7th, 2015. Please report this flooding to the Emergency Management Agency no later than Tuesday, July 28th by 5 pm. Tazewell County Emergency Management Agency will submit the information to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA).
- Protect your possessions: Gather any paperwork that is important such as birth certificates, social security cards, insurance paperwork, and information about your possessions and keep them in a water proof container in a safe place.
- Develop a family emergency plan: This can include having a safety kit, teaching your children how to dial 911, and creating and practicing a flood evacuation and storm shelter route with your family.
- Prepare Your Home: Check to ensure your sump pump is working, raise electrical components such as wiring, switches, circuit breakers.
- Take inventory: Create a visual as well as a written record of any major household items that you own. This includes valuables like jewelry, artwork and appliances. This will help when filing insurance claims
For more information on floods in the Peoria area, check out the county website.
Menold Construction and Restoration has offices in Morton and Normal, Illinois to assist in repairing storm and flood damage and serves Peoria, East Peoria, Bloomington, Normal, Morton, Pekin, Morris, Washington and 17 Central Illinois counties.
Noticing signs of water damage in your home is the first step towards water damage restoration. Water damage can be caused by a number of incidents such as overflowing water sources, floods, leaks, even leaky appliances. The sooner you are able to notice the signs, the sooner you are able to put your life back together. Below are high risk areas to check in your home:
- Basement: Check the flooring of your basement for signs of water damage. Take note of any cracks in the flooring, dampness, rust, or even warped flooring – these can be signs of moisture in your basement.
- Walls: Look at all the walls and ceilings in your home for any stains. These stains can be caused by water damage due to leaky pipes inside of the wall. Other signs of water damage are walls being swollen and soft to the touch, or even cracking.
- Exterior: Make sure when checking for water damage you don’t forget your roof. Check for any damaged or missing shingles. You should also look for any standing water in your yard close to your house. A puddle could be due to gutter spouts that are not draining far enough from the house, so be sure to check around the gutter placement as well.
- Pipes: There are various pipes throughout your home that you should be checking including bathrooms, kitchen, basement, and the laundry room. Look for any leaks, water stains surrounding the areas, or even corrosion around the connectors.
After your inspection, if you notice any signs of water damage follow up by checking the area for signs of mold, mildew, pests or other secondary damage. If damage has occurred have it repaired immediately.