With devastating weather affecting states across the country right now, it is important to be on your guard and prepared. Flooding caused by natural disasters is very dangerous, and causes immense damage. The most important thing when it comes to water damage cleanup from flooding is keeping you and your family safe. Since there are many dangers associated with flooding, here are some things you should keep in mind if you find yourself dealing with water damage cleanup from a flood:
Contact your Insurance Agency. Whether or not your policy covers water damage from flooding, it is still important to reach out to your homeowners insurance and let them know what has happened. It is also beneficial to let your insurance agency know which restoration company you are working with. Most restoration companies have experience working with insurance companies and will be able to help file claims or answer questions you may have.
Evaluate the structural integrity before entering a flooded area. When in doubt, do not enter at all until a qualified structural builder or engineer has cleared the home.
Take appropriate steps to ensure safety. Make sure power to the area is turned off.
Young children and pets should be kept out of the affected area.
Wear personal protective clothing (rubber gloves, boots, etc) if you have to be in contact with water, and treat all water as if it is contaminated (most flood water is). Try to avoid any contact if at all possible.
Document Damage. Take photos of the damage your property has ensued, and make a detailed list of damaged inventory. An adjuster will be sent to your home to evaluate the loss, but do not wait for them to arrive before you begin documenting it yourself. Photos and documentation will help to prove loss mitigation.
Open doors and windows to allow ventilation. Airflow will discourage microbial growth.
Remove furniture or standing items that can be taken out of the area. Any belongings in the affected area will need to be removed before cleanup and restoration can begin, and items that have been damaged beyond repair will only take up space and hold onto unnecessary moisture in the area.
Do not panic. It is stressful and overwhelming when dealing with flooding in your home. However, if you can stay calm, things will be much easier to deal with.
Call a professional water damage restoration company. TRAC Solutions is standing by ready to respond when you need water damage cleanup in Eau Claire. We know the dangers and risks that are associated with flooding and other weather related disasters, and that is why we offer our services to clean up your home safely and quickly. You can never be too prepared for water damage from flooding, so keep the above list in mind so you will know how to respond if you find yourself faced with this type of water damage.
TRAC Solutions is a locally-owned Chippewa Valley company with more than 25 years of experience in Western Wisconsin. We are a full service general contractor specializing in property restoration and disaster cleanup, along with carpet and air duct cleaning.