After the Flood
Hurricane Harvey is gone and now the clean up begins - So what do you do now?
Here are some tips after you call me @ 281-455-3520 and arrange a consultation:
Avoid Additional Risks - check for any visible structural damage, such as warping, loosened or cracked foundation elements, cracks, and holes before entering the home and contact utility companies if you suspect damage to water, gas, electric, and sewer lines. Turn off all water and electrical sources within the home.
Take Pictures - Before you remove any water or make any repairs, fully document the damage for your insurer by taking photos or video.
Protect Your Health - Wear waders, hip- or waist-high waterproof boots. In addition, wear rubber gloves to remove water-damaged possessions and to avoid contaminants. Be sure to throw out any food that may have come into contact with flood waters. FEMA recommends boiling water until authorities declare the water supply is safe.
Call Your Insurance Company - Notify your insurer soon as possible after the flood. Since groundwater flood damage typically isn’t covered by conventional homeowners insurance policies, you’ll need to work with your insurer to determine the cause of the flood and the extent of your coverage.
Find Out if You're in a Disaster Area - Once a region has been officially declared a “disaster area” by government authorities, property owners have access to increased resources, including public services to protect and remediate the area. In addition, you may have access to financial assistance. Your insurance company will have additional information on this or you can contact FEMA directly.
Remove the Water - Once you get the OK from your insurer to remove the water, use a sump pump, available from most hardware or home supply stores. Open doors and windows to allow fresh air to circulate so long as that won’t allow in more water.
Mitigate Mold Damage - Mold can develop within 24 to 48 hours of a flood so remove wet contents, including carpeting and bedding, as soon as possible. Always photograph the flood-soaked items. Mold growth can be controlled on surfaces by cleaning with a non-ammonia detergent or pine oil cleaner and disinfecting with a 10% bleach solution.
Secure the Property - As the homeowner, it’s your responsibility to secure the property so that no additional damage occurs. Put boards over broken windows and secure a tarp as protection if the roof has been damaged. Again, take photographs to prove to the insurance company that you have done everything possible to protect your home against further damage.
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