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Crucial Water Damage Repair Tips

If you’re just returning back to your home after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and struggling to figure out where to start, we are here to help.  Repairing water damage is a process, especially damage caused by flooding.  Keep reading to learn the crucial water damage repair tips that are often missed and click this link to read the full article.

Even a leaky roof or burst pipe is enough to cause costly damages.  It is no surprise how quickly those costs can soar after a hurricane hits your home.  Estimates are at nearly 300 million for both Harvey and Irma combined.

The good news: Water damage restoration is typically covered by insurance. Flood insurance or a basic homeowners policy. According to the Insurance Information Institute, water damage makes up about 20% of all insurance claims in the U.S.

And if you’re a hurricane victim, reimbursements can be sizable. The National Flood Insurance Program, which provides flood insurance to homeowners, paid an average of $64,331 to each homeowner hit by Superstorm Sandy; victims of Hurricane Katrina received an average of $97,141 apiece.

But before you dive into fixing your waterlogged home and calling your insurer. You should make sure you know the process of water damage restoration. Here are the steps to take that many homeowners might miss in their rush to patch things up.

Before you clean up, take pics

As hard as this might seem, don’t start cleaning things up before you whip out your camera. Take photos of the damage. This serves as critical proof of the repairs you need to make, says Bill Begal, a restoration specialist in Baltimore. Without pics, you might end up reducing the amount of financial help you get.

If your flood was caused by a malfunctioning washing machine or dishwasher rather than a storm, you’ll also want to save the appliance as evidence. It might be something an insurance adjuster will take into consideration when reviewing your case. Keeping the evidence can also help if you decide to contact the appliance’s manufacturer, who will at the very least owe you a replacement product.

 

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