There are many things in life that are frustrating and stressful, but many of them can be less so if you develop a course of action to follow. This is true after experiencing a flood. With the following flood damage remediation checklist, you may find the process a bit easier to manage.
Step #1: Call for help! You should never try to tackle the cleanup from a flood on your own. At the very least, you need a professional to assess the situation and determine any major and immediate dangers.
Step #2: If the entire area has been flooded, there is a good chance the authorities have already turned off the gas and electric service to the area. If you can safely do so, shut off the main controls to your home, as well. Neither of these should be turned back on until the flood damage has been resolved and everything in your home has been dried.
Step #3: Contact your insurance company to file a claim. You should take photographs if you can do so safely. You can call for water removal services before the adjuster comes out as long as there are photographs to substantiate your claim. It is advisable to get the water removed as quickly as possible to avoid added damages and reduce the chance for mold. It isn’t a good idea to wait if it takes a while for the adjuster to show up.
Step #4: Work with a professional water damage restoration company to salvage what is possible and begin repairs to the property. Most companies will work with your insurance company during this process.
Our staff at Spangler Restoration understands that it may feel like you’ve lost everything, but we can help get you back in your Charlotte, North Carolina area home after flood damage has made it uninhabitable. We can handle insurance losses up to $500,000 beginning with the emergency response and continuing through the rebuilding process.