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Erosion Control After Wildfire

Erosion is probably one of the most common concerns after a wildfire. Post-fire erosion depends on many factors. Generally, erosion hazard increases as slope increases and vegetative cover decreases. To be safe, assume all drainage in steep…

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Caring for Trees: Hiring an Arborist

If you have storm-damaged trees, you may need to hire an arborist. Unskilled work often results in damage or structural weakness the tree will keep throughout its existence. Unskilled tree work, such as topping or excessive limbing up, ofte…

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Caring for Trees: Post-Storm Assessment

After a damaging storm, trees are always a concern. Tree debris is the most common problem blocking roads and foot traffic, and it is likely to have damaged property.
 
High-Risk Storm Damage
First, assess the risk a storm-damaged t…

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Caring for Trees: Power Lines

The most common reason for storm power outages is a tree falling onto power and communications lines. The utilities do their best to clear the lines of branches to prevent this, but in strong storms, this is not always enough.
After a stor…

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Flooded Gardens and Fields

Home Gardens and Floods
If your backyard garden was in a flooded area, chances are it lost some nitrogen. You will have to refertilize. If you were about to prepare your garden, wait a couple of days. Do not till or cultivate your garden w…

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Flooded Landscapes

Flood damage to your home or office may be extensive and overwhelming. What about your landscape and garden? Your first impulse may be to pull all the plants out and start over. But wait. Your landscape may at least partially recover.
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Clearing Debris from Land

You are responsible for clearing debris from your property after a damaging natural event.
Here are some guidelines for setting priorities for clearing debris after a severe storm.
 

Land Use and Value
Clear streets and roads to …

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Recovering Family Treasures

Professional conservators offer several basic guidelines for searching for and recovering family treasures in the ruins of a fire. Once you are allowed to reenter the fire area, keep these safety tips in mind:

Before moving into a fi…

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Cleaning After a Fire

Many items that have been in a fire may be salvaged. Your first thought may be to rinse items. Don’t do it. Water and other cleaning solutions will drive soot and ash further into the surface of your items. They will become impossible to …

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Floor Cleanup and Renovation

Not all warped wood flooring can be repaired. The extent of damage depends partly on the kind of material used in the floor. Different woods react differently to dampness or flooding.
 
Plywood
Many home have plywood subfloors. Plyw…

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Flood-Damaged Carpets and Rugs

When you have flood-damaged carpeting and rugs, your options depend on the source of flooding. If sewage-contaminated floodwater has covered your carpeting, you will need to discard it for health safety reasons. You can assume the water and…

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Salvaging Furniture

Decide which pieces are worth restoring. Make your decision according to these factors:

extent of damage
cost of the article
sentimental value
cost of restoration

Consider each piece individually. Antiques may be worth th…

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Salvaging Clothing

Floodwater may be contaminated, so it is important to thoroughly clean and disinfect flood-soiled clothing to kill harmful bacteria. Prompt attention may save much of your clothing that has been damaged by floodwaters. If possible, do not l…

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Cleaning Dishes and Utensils

Cleaning and Sterilizing Dishes and Cooking Utensils

Before using any dishes, pots, pans, or cooking utensils that were in contact with floodwater, wash and sterilize them.

Any piece of equipment that can be taken apart should be …

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Health Concerns About Mold

Should I be concerned about living in a moldy home?
Mold in the air is associated with health problems. For many people, these are minor and include congestion; irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat; and coughing. Rashes can also develo…

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