With hurricane season still raging, on top of all the other possible home accidents your property may be susceptible to, it’s always important to be prepared for a flood. The good news is that our water and storm damage experts at FP Property Restoration are here to help get your house up and running ASAP. From water removal to mold remediation, we have all the services you need post-flood. The question to ask yourself is, “how can I prepare my home so the restoration process is as successful as possible?” Fortunately, we’ve got you covered there, too. Keep reading to learn what to do after your home experiences flood damage, and remember that you can contact FP Property Restoration for emergency service 24/7.
3 Important Steps to Take Following a Flood
- Document Everything: At FP Property Restoration, we know firsthand what a pain it is to negotiate with insurance companies. And while we are here to help guide you through the insurance process every step of the way, it is also important that you do everything you can to put yourself in the best possible position with adjusters. That’s why before cleanup can even begin, you should begin to document everything. Take pictures meticulously, and make sure you have photos of any areas where damage has occurred. Insurance companies will do everything they can to keep you from receiving full compensation on your claim, so acting fast following a disaster is always essential. And speaking of acting fast…
- Call the Insurance Company Right Away: There are both practical and financial reasons to notify your insurance provider as soon as you can in the aftermath of a flood. For one, groundwater flood damage isn’t typically covered by standard homeowners insurance. That means you’ll need to work extensively with your insurer to determine the cause of the flood and the extent of your coverage. Most policies also dictate that you contact your provider right away, so you should be doing this right as you are documenting damage. Look at your policy closely too, as different insurers may cover different things, depending on what kind of home you have and what part of the country you live in. Again, when it comes to flood damage, speed is the name of the game. FP Property Restoration is here to assist you in dealing with your insurance company, but even before we arrive on the scene, you should ideally have contacted them.
- Be Safe: Ultimately, the most important thing to do following a flood or any disaster is to ensure the safety of yourself and your family. Make sure to look out for any structural issues, and stay clear of areas that seem like they could be weakened or damaged. It is common for your foundation to be warped, cracked, and loosened after a flood. You may also notice cracks and holes in other parts of your home. And above all, make sure to double check that your electrical system and gas lines are off. Even if you believe your power isn’t on, you should always go to the electrical panel and turn it off, and flip the circuit breakers while you’re at it for good measure. Plus, if you think there’s even a question that your gas lines or electrical appliances might suddenly turn off, do not wait—get out of the house right away.