3 Steps to Take Immediately Following a Flood

A flood is one of the most devastating things that can happen to your Ocala, Florida, home. Not only will you have to go through the process of filing a claim with your insurance company, but you will also have to repair the damage and figure out what can be salvaged. While repairing your home after a flood can be extremely stressful, by following these tips, you can simplify the remediation process.

Call Your Insurance Company

You should notify your homeowner’s insurance company as soon as possible so you can open a claim and get the damage assessed. Once you speak with an adjuster, you will know which replacement, cleaning, and restoration costs your insurance company will cover. If your insurance company allows you to proceed with cleanup without an adjuster coming out, be sure to document all of the damage with photographs.

Take Protective Measures

It’s important to remember that water damage can be hazardous to your health, so you should always take steps to protect yourself before entering your home after the storm passes. If the damage is severe, you may want to find alternate accommodations until the cleanup process is complete. Make sure to avoid using any electronics in rooms that are damp or have water and wear protective clothing such as boots when entering flooded rooms.

Call the Cleanup Specialists

You will want to call water restoration specialists within 24 to 48 hours of the damage to reduce the risk of major damage to your home. Your cleanup company will assess the damage, estimate the repairs, and work with your insurance company to help you get as much of the costs covered as possible. Once your restoration specialists have determined a plan of action, they will begin the remediation process and discuss possible repairs with you.

Have you had a flood in your home? Contact us at 352-503-8013, and one of our ServiceMaster Professional Services restoration professionals will get in touch with you immediately to begin the restoration process.

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