The United States has seen its share of natural disasters that have brought record-breaking floods, tornadoes, and hurricanes. The unprecedented weather patterns devastated homes and businesses in 2017 to the tune of $306 billion dollars in damages. With 2018 producing even more powerful storms, earthquakes, and wildfires, the devastation is making it impossible to return to normal without the professional restoration services of companies like RestorePro.
What To Do After A Natural Disaster
Once you have been given the okay to return to your homes, you will need to contact your insurance company immediately to begin the restoration process. While your insurance adjuster will need to analyze the extent of the damage, RestorePro will be on hand to provide a free estimate for your home’s restoration. RestorePro has worked closely with insurance companies over the years, so it will be a benefit to have such knowledge during natural disasters. In the meantime, we can begin to coordinate the restoration process to get you ready for approval.
- Save Your Receipts: Some out-of-pocket costs are reimbursable during a natural disaster, so save your receipts if you are unsure if your policy covers the expense.
- Document Losses: While your agent will report your losses to the insurance agency, you will need to take pictures of anything covered damaged during a natural disaster.
- Make A Detailed Inventory: Your adjuster will need a full list of your damages.
- Secure Your Property: If you have broken windows or a damaged roof, it is a good idea to repair what you can to reduce your damages.
- Call RestorePro: You will need to have an estimate ready for your insurance agent that details repair needs and costs.
Tips To Follow Before Entering A Damaged Structure
- Always put on Personal Protective Equipment before entering a flooding or moldy area.
- Check for the integrity of a structure before entering it.
- Carefully proceed if you intend to dry out your flooded home.
- Carefully remove wet insulation and foam to ensure you follow safety regulations.
- Coordinate with RestorePro to designate areas for disposal and clean-up.
- Pay attention to dust, debris, and material that contains contaminants.
Hazards You Need To Be Aware
Any time there is flooding present from weather or plumbing disasters, the mold is likely to occur within 48 hours because of the continued exposure to dampness that is prime for organisms to thrive in. They tend to live in carpets, walls, and ceilings which is why a full inspection is important. It is also necessary to check your interior furnishings as well.
- Lead-Based Paint
Major storms and flooding often expose your home or business to deterioration which may include underlying lead-based paint if your home pre-dates 1978 construction.
Asbestos exposure is possible when a structure receives flooding or high winds as it was used in many older construction materials including insulation, pipes, shingles, and flooring. As exposure is likely in the air, proper equipment is crucial during construction.
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