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What to do In Case of a Flood in Your Home

by Marquette Turner Luxury Homes

in Restoration, Variety

Leaving your water-damaged home sitting for any period only increases the damage done to your home. Tasks that need to be carried out after a hurricane may seem daunting, but it is critical that you take the initial steps as soon as possible. Over several years of working on restoration jobs due to water damage, here are the first steps you should take once water damage occurs.

There are several ways you can protect your expensive investment as well as shield yourself from costly losses and homeowner’s insurance claims. Hopefully, these steps will minimize the extent of damage you are dealing with, making your recovery process that much smoother and easier.

Call Your Insurance Company

Meeting

The very first step involves contacting your insurance company. Make sure you do this even before you do anything else. If you have to remove anything immediately, ensure you take videos or photos that you will send to water remediation professionals, like Restoration Elite, at once.

Bring in Specialists
Have water remediation specialists come over to your property as soon as possible, they will help you remove damaged items and start the critical step of drying them out. It’s recommended that you also bring in a mold specialist when everything is dried out to ensure that the remediation process was a success. You need to ensure that everything’s dry and any mold is cleared out before you start any type of remodeling project – after all, rushing the process can lead to expensive mold problems in the future.

Plus, dealing with mold problems yourself may make them even worse. The more you disturb mold, there is a greater chance of it spreading all through your home and becoming a health hazard. Bonus tip; make sure you turn off power to your home before you do anything.

Sort the Damage
If furniture is saturated, throw it away, including carpeting. The best way to do this is by cutting the carpet into manageable pieces using a knife or box cutter, roll the pieces up and dispose of them. Millwork like baseboards should be discarded and removed as well as sheetrock and any wet insulation you find behind it.

If water finds its way under your cabinets, remove them as well. In addition, make sure that the space between your subfloor and hardwood flooring is dry. You may have to remove hardwood or tile flooring to remove any water trapped between the surface and subfloor.

Rent a Dumpster
As you order an extra garbage bin or dumpster, make sure you get the biggest one available on the market. The price differences between the various container sizes are minimal; and, you need to get most of the debris out in as little time as possible. Before you throw out any items, make sure you break them down and neatly stack them flat on top of each other in the garbage container.

Dump

Place lighter items at the bottom. Ensure that you can open the bin’s door when it’s located to one end, if throwing things over the top, you will not have an easy time packing the bin efficiently. At all times, use caution as you load items.

Work with Your Adjustor
Make sure you are at the site when an adjuster visits. In case you have a contractor working on the damage, make sure that you are there as well. Both the contractor and adjuster can inspect the damage and give you informed opinions on what needs to be done immediately; in addition, they will also be at a better position to point out hidden damage problems that may require you to bring in the big guns like iconjds.com.

 

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