My House is Flooded — Now What?
You don’t need to live on a flood plain to experience water damage in your home. Water damage can happen to any home after a bad storm (not just hurricanes or tornadoes). The key to successfully recovering from a flooded home is knowing your next steps and understanding that just because the water’s gone, it doesn’t mean your home is completely safe.
Call your insurance provider
Assuming your home has flood insurance, you’ll need to contact your provider as soon as you can to see how they can help you. They’ll walk you through all the necessary steps of filing a claim in order to get your life back on track.
Help yourself make the insurance claim process as easy as possible by taking pictures of all the flood damage before you start cleaning anything. Send the pictures to your insurance provider so you can be sure they give you the correct amount of money to repair your home and replace your belongings.
Check for additional problems
Water damage won’t just effect the room or rooms the water is in. It can also effect the foundation of your home. Make sure to do a thorough inspection of your foundation shortly after the damage occurs. The longer you wait, the worse the problem can get!
Wait! Before you even think about removing the water, make sure your insurance provider says it’s okay. Providers won’t be able to give you the proper amount of insurance money for your home unless they’ve checked everything. After your insurance company has given you the go-ahead to remove the water you have two options: you can clean the mess up yourself, or you can call a professional service to remove the water for you.
If you opt to remove the water yourself, you can buy a sump pump and a wet-vac from a hardware store for a few hundred dollars. Experts caution you to be careful while you’re removing water. Water is surprisingly heavy, a cubic foot weighs 10 pounds and it’d be a shame to injure your back while doing that horrible task.
Instead of doing it yourself, it’s a better idea to go ahead and call a professional to remove the water for you. Professionals have all of the right tools and machinery to get the water out of your home so you can get back to life as you know it as quickly as possible.
Check for and repair mold damage
Even though the water is out of your house, you might not be safe in your home just yet. Mold growth is one of the biggest health hazards in homes. Once the water is removed call for water damage repair in Montana. Experts will be able to do a full inspection of your home to determine what action needs to be taken to eliminate all potential mold growth or any other unforeseen trouble the water damage could have caused.
Hopefully your home will never need water damage repair in Montana. But if you do experience flooding, contact us at 406-885-2320 to find out how we can get your home back to tip-top shape and help you move on with your life.