There are many disasters that a homeowner can face. Fires break out due to lightning, faulty wiring, and other accidents. Mold can develop due to water leaks and even humid weather conditions. Storms can drive damaging debris into walls and windows, or cause trees to fall on the roof. All of these events and more can lead to expensive and distressing damage to your home.
Many of these events can lead to water damage. You can’t always prevent water damage from occurring, but there are many things that you can do to help minimize the damage. There are a number of steps that you can take before a disaster. Knowing the risks and things that you can do to protect yourself and your property is important for any home owner.
Before the Flood
Before you experience a water leak or flooding, there are actions that you can take to protect your property. Some can help actually prevent flooding from occurring, while others will help reduce the damage to your home and possessions.
- Understand your insurance coverage. Most policies don’t cover flooding due to overflowing waterways or storms. If you are in a flood plain or other high risk area, it is especially important that you talk to your insurance agent before you have a problem. You may need to add additional coverage to make sure that you are protected.
- Know a property restoration company that you can trust like Restore Pro. If you already have the contact information for a trusted company, then you can call immediately for professional help in securing your property and to get started on repairs right away.
- Create an emergency file. You will want to include insurance documents, including all of your policies and contact information. Create an inventory of your possessions with photographs or serial numbers if needed. You should also include copies of identity documents, medical records, and financial documents. Store these in a water and fire proof container or an off-site location; a bank safe deposit box, for instance.
- In some cases, such as if you are expecting dangerous weather or another imminent disaster, you should assemble a complete emergency kit with a supply of medications and other necessities as well.
- Especially if you live in an older home, have a plumber inspect your plumbing for weakened areas. Small leaks can be detected and repaired before they develop into serious damage.
- If you live in an area vulnerable to flooding, make sure you store basement items in waterproof containers or above the floor on raised shelves. If you have experienced flooding before, a contractor may be able to reduce future risks. They can help to improve drainage and to divert and direct water using French drains, ditches, and other measures.
While you can never completely safeguard against water damage and other disasters, there are ways to protect yourself. With a little common sense and some preparation, you can be much safer. If you do experience a disaster, call Restore Pro’s Water Damage Restoration team at 1-800-847-0114. Our expert team can help you to restore your home to pre-flood condition. With over 20 years in the business, our Massachusetts area neighbours and customers know that they can count on us. Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RestorePro911 to learn more about our Water Damage Restoration Solutions.