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Navigating Out Of Rain Damage

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

A flooded home is a devastating event for any homeowner. It has the ability to ruin many of your possessions in addition to your property itself. If you suffer flood damage to your home, it is important that you call the professionals at SERVPRO of South Hills to help restore your home or business. There are some things that you can do before we arrive. Here are some things you can do immediately after a flood to start the restoration process.  

Call Your Insurance Agent


Regardless of how bad a flood has hit your home, it is likely caused some significant damage to some of your possessions and to the structure of your home. Soon after you recognize the damage, you should call your insurance agent. Most water damage in the home is covered by homeowner’s insurance policies but you will want to contact them to make sure about exclusions.


Check Before Entering Home


Before you re-enter your home after flood damage, check for any structural damage that may have occurred. Severe flooding or water damage has the ability to compromise the integrity of the structure. If you enter the home without closely inspecting what you are walking into, the building could potentially collapse, trapping you inside. Once you have entered your home, you should be very careful about where you are walking, especially if you are moving from carpeting onto a hard surface.  


Document Evidence


Once you have entered your home, document the evidence of that damage that has been done by taking photos of it. If there are any questions, particularly by your insurance company about the validity of your claim, you will have evidence to show them. While you document the damage, save any items that you can. Some items, such as porous materials, may have been damaged beyond repair. When the SERVPRO of South Hills crew arrives to restore your home, they will save as many items as possible. But if there are items that have not been damaged, you can take them out to avoid any further potential damage. 

Take Inventory


While you are examining the damage that has occurred in your home, make a list of the damage or lost items in the home. Make sure to include the date they were purchased and their value with any receipts you may have. Store that list with any inventory of your possessions that you may have taken before the flood. If any of your possessions must be disposed of, which some may, make sure you have photographs of the items.  


Turn Off Power


After the flood damage occurs, turn off all power, especially to the affected rooms. Also refrain from using any electrical appliances as you could electrocute yourself if you are standing in water. Keep the power to the home off until an electrician can visit and thoroughly inspect the system to ensure it is safe to turn back on again.  


Prevent Mold

Mold thrives in environments where moisture is present which makes flooded parts of a house ideal for mold growth. The existence of mold in a home can be hazardous so it is important to prevent the mold from growing if at all possible. Removing any wet contents from the home as soon as possible will help to prevent such mold growth around the home.  


Proper Protection


Regardless of how well you think you can clean up after a flood, you should call the professionals at SERVPRO of South Hills to ensure that as much of your property is salvaged as possible. But if you do decide to start the cleanup process before they arrive, it is important that you are properly attired. Wear long sleeves, pants, gloves, and boots when dealing with flood water to ensure your safety.

If you suffer flood damage in your home, you should contact the professionals at SERVPRO of South Hills to clean up. But if you want to get the process started prior to their arrival, these tips will help you remain safe. Best wishes!

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