When you experience an event like home flooding, it can be a very lonely and frightening experience. However, with the right steps and resources in mind, you can quickly repair and restore your home to its previous condition, salvaging as much of your property and valuables as possible. Because of the nature of water damage, it’s crucial that the professionals be involved to clean your home more safely. Here’s what you should do immediately.
Get to a Safe Location
Depending on the flooding severity, you may have to leave your home. The safety of your family is considerably more important than keeping watch over your belongings. Therefore, if you must go, you should vacate your home immediately. Aside from the threat to your health, flooding can cause structural damage to your home, making it weak and dangerous.
Once your return to your home, the first thing you should do is take photos. This step is important because they will serve as a visual record of the damage itself and the condition and position of all your belongings when it occurred. You’ll likely need to use these for insurance purposes.
Call Your Insurance Company
Notify your insurance company as quickly as possible following the flooding event. If you have an emergency kit for your home, your local agent’s phone number should be included or saved in your phone as these events are often unpredictable. If they are not available, your next option is to contact the headquarters for your insurance company. From that point, you’ll discuss the extent of your coverage and the next steps in the process of making repairs. Keep a record of every step of the process, including your photos and other paperwork exchanged.
Protect Your Health
Even if the water has receded in your home, the conditions are likely still hazardous to your health. With the onset of mildew and the growth of mold, the air quality is compromised, and it is crucial to minimize your exposure to it. Wear a mask and other protective gear when you enter until these conditions have been completely remediated.
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