Natural disasters are inevitable and can happen anywhere at any time in Doral, FL. It is always essential to know the steps you ought to take before and after any natural disaster to ensure the safety of your family and valuables. Below are four steps you need to take after a home flood.
1. Contact Your Insurance Company
Contact your insurance company once the floodwaters subside. Unfortunately, the standard home insurance policy does not cover flood damage repair. You should purchase flood insurance whether you live in a low-risk or a high-risk area.
If you have a flood insurance policy, take photos of your home before starting cleaning up. Contacting your local disaster restoration company is a good idea. The companies often work with the insurance companies and will take care of the documentation process.
2. Protect Yourself
Floods may still pose a problem to you and your family even when the waters have subsided. If you had left your home during the flood, it is advisable to wait for further directives from the local authorities. Before entering your home, check for any damages that may cause accidents.
Avoid using electric appliances on wet carpets or flooring. Always wear protective clothing such as boots and masks when handling appliances. The floodwater in your home is contaminated with bacteria and poses greater health risks.
3. Initiate Cleanup
The cleanup process should commence after hazardous damage has been cleared from your home. Professional cleaners are needed to restore your home smoothly and efficiently, depending on the extent of the damage.
It is unsafe to do the cleaning by yourself due to the unsafe floodwater. The task is also time-consuming and requires protective gear and specialized equipment.
Give ServiceMaster by Enterprise a call today if you have been affected by floods. Our flood restoration team can help make your home more habitable after a flood.
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