As a homeowner, you never want to see your home in danger. You take the steps to protect your home from damage by putting in the infrastructure to protect your interiors and securing an insurance policy. However, accidents happen. When it comes to flooding and water damage, you may not have much to do to prevent it, especially if it occurs from the weather. If you experience flooding in your home, you will want to take these steps to prevent further damage and keep you and your family safe.
The first priority is to protect yourself and your family. When you have a flooding emergency in your home, you need to evaluate the situation to determine whether evacuation is necessary. Get your family out of the house as fast and safely as possible. Even if the water itself does not pose a threat to your family, you can still contract diseases from the pooling water. Avoid spending any time in the flooded areas.
You should also turn off the electricity in your home as soon as you notice the threat of water damage. By turning off the electricity, you prevent any electrical surges from shocking you through the water. You also can spare extra damage to your electronics, such as TVs and computers, by turning off the electricity completely.
Do you know where the water is coming from? Is it an external force, like hurricane or strong rains, or is it an internal issue related to the plumbing? If you can, find the source of the water and attempt to turn it off. Always avoid doing anything dangerous, as you want to prioritize your safety. Try to clear any blocked drains or turn off water to burst pipes to stop the flow of water.
Once the flooding stops and the area is deemed safe, you should take some time to mitigate damage. Your insurance company will want to see that you have made efforts to remove electronics, valuables, furniture, and other items out of the path of the water. This can prevent certain things from becoming damaged, which will be looked at favorably during any property claims process.
After you suffer damage to your home, you should contact your insurance company immediately. They will want to hear about any damages or reports, and they will also want to act quickly to send out their adjusters to assess damage. The sooner you can call your insurance company, the sooner you can start restoring your home.
By taking these steps, you can protect your home from any further damage and get the help you need to start restoring your space once again. As a public insurance claims adjuster in central Florida, we are here to assess your damage and give you a fair evaluation of your claim.