What to Do After a Flood
Floods happen so quickly that many are caught unprepared; and while floods often can’t be prevented, what you do after a flood can save you thousands of dollars on flood remediation and water damage repair costs. Here are some tips to take after you notice flood damage.
- Stay Safe
Floodwaters can be contaminated by sewage or household chemicals; so do not go into the water without protection, even if it is clear. If there is possibility of downed or live wires don’t risk it, wait for a professional. If it is safe to go into the water wear waders: hip or waist-high waterproof boots. In addition, wear rubber gloves to remove water- damaged possessions, and to avoid contaminants. Hiring a professional to do flood cleanup is the best way to ensure your safety and the safety of your possessions. Any food that came into contact with the floodwaters should be thrown away. Boil all of your water until authorities declare the water supply is safe.
- Take Pictures
Before you remove any water or make any repairs, fully document the damage to send to your insurance company by taking photos or video. If you start removing water or making repairs before you photograph the damage, you run the risk of decreasing the extent of your coverage.
- Call Your Insurance Company
After you have ensured your family is safe, the first person you should contact is your insurance agent. If the floods have affected an entire region note that your agent might be dealing with their own flooding emergency and may not be available. If that is the case, contact your insurance company’s headquarters because they should be able to direct you to the right information.
Let your insurance company know the extent of the damages to your home, and any repairs you intend to do immediately. Be sure to follow the insurance company’s direction about whether or not to wait for an adjuster to inspect the property before you make repairs. Document the damage and conversations at every stage of the process.
- Call SERVPRO of Old Bridge/Cranbury
Our expert flood damage remediation specialists can help you recover from water damage. We use scientific drying principles and provide validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete.
Call SERVPRO of Old Bridge/ Cranbury at (732) 253-4914