In the wake of the recent hurricanes, many homeowners are just beginning the daunting process of repairing their homes from flood damage. Even a minor level of flooding, like a leaky roof, can cause enough water damage to result in thousands of dollars worth of repair bills. If your home has suffered water damage, where do you even begin? Below we layout 5 tips to help restore your home after water damage:
Your first instinct may be to start cleaning up the immediate damage. However, it is important to take photos of the damage so you have clear proof of the repairs that will need to be made. Without pictures, there is a chance the amount of financial help you receive can be reduced. If your water damage was caused by a malfunctioning appliance, you may also want to save the machine as evidence. An insurance adjuster may want to view the appliance when reviewing your case, and this will provide evidence if you decide to reach out to the appliance’s manufacturer.
Start to Remove Water
Do not wait for a professional to start removing the water from your flooded home. Home insurance companies require insured parties to take necessary steps to remove water to prevent further damage from occurring. Meaning, if you fail to remove sitting water from a flooded washing machine, an insurance company can potentially deny your claim. Plus, the longer water sits in your home, the more damage it can cause to your drywall and floors.
Get the Air Moving
Depending on temperature and relative humidity, mold and mildew can begin growing within 24 to 72 hours which can further impact your restoration costs. Although professional equipment will reign superior, your box fans and dehumidifier can certainly help the water to evaporate as you wait for professional help to arrive.
Call a Professional
Typically, you will want to consult a professional for any extensive water damage. This professional will have industrial-grade equipment that can dry out your place more efficiently than whatever is currently available in your home. A water damage restoration specialist will also thoroughly evaluate the extent of the damage, determine any health risks the water damage may have caused, and ensure that the house is safe to live in.
Apply for Aid
If your water damage was caused by a natural disaster and insurance is unable to cover the repair costs, you may be able to receive a home repair assistance grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). To see if you are eligible, go to FEMA’s Disaster Assistance website or call 800+621-3362.