Having a flooded home can be an extremely stressful and overwhelming process. To successfully navigate all the steps you should take to make sure the process goes as smoothly as possible, it’s important that you know what your priorities should be after a flood. From our water damage restoration experts at Restore More, here are five of the main things you should do if your Milwaukee home ever floods.
Above all else, safety comes first when responding to a flood. There are many different factors that make flood cleanup dangerous. Just some of these factors include contaminated water, electrocution, structural damage, and more. Without the proper experience, training, and equipment to deal with a flood, you put yourself at serious risk of encountering any one of those hazards after a flood.
There are many things you can do to ensure the flood cleanup process goes more smoothly. At the end of the day, however, your best option is to contact a professional restoration company for help. Professional restoration companies have the superior manpower, expertise, and equipment needed to safely and effectively handle a water damage restoration job. Calling in for professional help will also allow you to alleviate the majority of the stress and worry that occurs during the process.
Working with your insurance company can be a frustrating, albeit essential, element of the water damage restoration process. It’s important that you don’t put off working with your insurance company after a flood. The sooner you do so the easier it will be to accurately document the damage and file your claim without delays.
As soon as you safely can after a flood you will need to go through your home and document all of your possessions that were damaged by the flood. That includes taking pictures of everything and organizing it in a way that your insurance company will easily be able to understand each picture. Doing this the right way first will save you a headache in working with your insurance company. Not to mention, it could increase the amount of compensation you get from your insurance company.
With all of the tips above in mind, the last thing you can do when responding to a flood is whatever you can to safely mitigate the damage. Even doing small things like opening the windows to increase circulation can go a long way towards helping you prevent further water damage. Other helpful steps you can take include using a sump pump, using fans to speed up evaporation, and removing furniture from flooded areas.
When all is said and done, you don’t have to navigate this process on your own. Call us at Restore More immediately if your Milwaukee home ever floods and we will help you restore the damage without delay.