While homeowners usually have at least a slight warning of an approaching storm, tornado, or hurricane, vandalism can happen at any time. Hiring a water and fire restoration contractor who can repair the damage as soon as possible will allow homeowners to move on with their lives, while also preventing secondary damage down the road.
Types of Vandalism
Vandalism can take a number of forms, including:
- Bullet damage
- Broken windows
- Broken doors
- Yard damage
- Splintered furniture
Although graffiti and ruined furniture do not cause serious structural damage, they can affect a building’s character. For example, a vandalized business may have trouble attracting customers, while a residential building could decrease in value. If left unattended, however, broken windows and doors can result in secondary damage caused by flooding and pests.
How We Can Help
For these reasons, responding to vandalism immediately is a necessity. Restoration contractors can quickly secure the property by constructing a security fence around the property, which will help prevent further vandalism or a return visit by the original vandals. Professionals will also clear any broken glass and board up all damaged windows and doors to prevent more break-ins and potential water damage.
Once these steps have been taken, a restoration contractor will:
- Professionally clean all vandalized surfaces
- Vacuum all small debris
- Remove large debris, including destroyed property
- Clean or repair fabric surfaces
Vandalism restoration often involves removing graffiti, which can be difficult and require specific cleaning products only available to professionals. There are, however, a few steps that homeowners can take on their own in the immediate wake of an act of vandalism, including:
- Removing any non-permanent residues from the exterior of the building;
- Making a list of all damages;
- Keeping any paint cans that are left behind so that a contractor can determine the chemical composition of the paint and decide how best to remove it; and
- Carefully cleaning up glass on the carpets or upholstery.
It may be tempting for a homeowner to try and remove any graffiti from the walls him or herself, but this usually isn’t a good idea. Some cleaning products will make the problem worse and could even cause it to become permanent. In many vandalism cases, graffiti is placed on more than just the exterior of the home. Driveways, sidewalks, glass, masonry, wood, and plastic fixtures may also be painted, requiring a professional to use specific cleaners to remove it. It’s also a good idea to keep any wood chips from broken furniture or from any damaged woodworking in the home, as these pieces can be used during the restoration process.
Contact an Experienced Water and Fire Restoration Contractor
If you live in Oklahoma and your home or business was recently vandalized, please contact Dason Fire & Water Restoration, Inc. at 918-379-0390 or by completing one of our standard online forms and we will attempt to address your questions or concerns. We know that these problems can happen at any time and so are available to you on a 24/7 basis.