Damage Control: Steps to Take After a Flood
Posted on: August 11, 2015 by Signature Insurance Group
When a flood disaster strikes, whether its from a burst pipe or heavy rainfall, there are some important steps to take in order to ensure the safety of your home and your family, as well as to make sure that you get the best possible outcome from your Orange County Flood Insurance. Knowing what to do in the aftermath of a flood can help you save time and heartache while putting your life back in order.
Contact Your Insurance Company
You should let your insurance company know as soon as possible after a flood. It is always a good idea to have the contact information for your insurance agent and company as well as all other important documents in a safe, waterproof, and even fire proof location for easy access. In the event of weather related flooding, you should contact local government officials to find out if your region is considered a disaster area. Those within disaster areas may qualify for increased resources or financial aid.
Before you enter your home make sure to check for signs of structural damage such as warping, cracks and holes. Once you have determined that it is safe to enter, there are some simple things you can to do protect your health. Wearing rain boots or waders and gloves can help avoid contaminants in the water.
Once in your home, make sure to take plenty of photos or video before removing water. The better you catalog the damage, the quicker and easier it is for insurance companies to get you the coverage you need.
Once you’ve cataloged damages for your insurance company, you should start to remove the water. Renting a pump, opening windows, and turning on fans are a great way to start the process. Items that have been sitting in water are likely to have grown some mold and may need to be discarded. Other items can be cleaned and sterilized before being used.
At Signature Insurance Group, we understand how difficult and stressful it can be to get things back to normal after a flood. Call us today to find out information about our insurance policies and how we can get you back on dry land. 855.972.9437
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