Once flood waters subside it is difficult to know where to begin putting the pieces back together no matter the extent of the damage. At RestorePro we have found that there are several things that can be done in the first 24 hours after a flood to ensure the safety of your home and family. If you follow these steps within the first 24 hours after a flood you can help ensure the best possible outcome with your insurance company.
Avoid Additional Risks
If you had to evacuate your home due to the flood check your home or structural damage like warping, damage to the foundation, holes, or damaged water, gas, electric, or sewer lines upon your return. Turn off all electricity and other utility services to help prevent further damage or danger to yourself.
Make sure to take pictures of the damage and water before you make any repairs. By documenting the extent of the damage it will be easier for your insurance agent to get your file claimed and your home repaired. If you move or start the clean up process before taking pictures you could decrease the amount of coverage you receive.
Even if the water left in your home appears clear it could still be contaminated with sewage or other chemicals. At RestorePro we recommend wearing protective gear such as waders and rubber gloves if you have to enter your home before a professional arrives. Throw out any food that could have come into contact with the flood waters and boil any drinking water until authorities have deemed the water supply safe.
Call Your Insurance Company
The sooner you contact your insurance agent the sooner you can file a claim and begin rebuilding your life and home. Keep your insurance agent and company’ number in your emergency bag so that you can get in contact with them as soon as the danger has subsided. Follow any directions given to you by your insurance agent especially in whether or not to wait for an adjuster to inspect the property before making any repairs.
Call A Professional
Once your insurance agent has told you it is ok to begin repairs call a professional like RestorePro to help you with the clean up and rebuilding process. You can always clean it up on your own, but it can be more risky as you may miss some of the unseen damage only a trained professional can see. Water can linger between walls and if left too long it can begin growing mildew and mold which can cause a host of health issues including asthma and in some cases death caused by toxic black mold. So why take the risk? Call RestorePro today!
We have been helping homes suffering from water damage for nearly two decades! If your home is in need of water damage repair or restoration give us a call at 1-800-847-0114 or check us out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RestorePro911. Our trained professionals are prepared to help you and your family save your home and your peace of mind!