Like many things in life, we don’t usually plan for water damage until it happens to us.
So, while we’re not expecting you to have an emergency water damage plan that your entire family is aware of, we do hope this blog post provides you with 4 powerful, yet simple steps to follow, should you have any water damage.
Please don’t wait until you have water damage to read this blog.
Be sure to act quickly.
If you experience water damage of any kind, time is of the essence. The biggest mistake you can make is to “deal with it later.” When water is found in places that it shouldn’t be, every moment unaddressed can lead to further irreversible damage. So, if this unfortunate situation happens to you, please be sure to act quickly.
Get the right people involved.
In the same vein as acting quickly, there are two people you should get involved with your water damage right away. The first is your insurance agent and the second is the restoration company you feel comfortable with (note: you don’t have to work with the company your insurance agency has on file). Both of these individuals or organizations will be able to ensure that you can act quickly, protecting your home from further damage, and restoring it to it’s natural wonder.
No matter what, ask the right questions.
Whether you choose to work with the restoration company that your insurance agent recommends or not, it’s important that you ask the right questions. So, here are a few questions to ask:
About the restoration company:
- What kind of a rating do they have with the BBB?
- What kind of experience do the technicians working on your house have?
- Do they have experience with this type of water damage?
- How will they ensure the process is complete?
- Will they put your home back together (sheetrock, trim, flooring, and other furbishes).
- How quickly can they resolve my water damage issue?
Make the “right” decision.
We realize that when a family experiences water damage within their home, the experience, in many cases, feels chaotic. But, it’s important to take a moment to make the right decision about who is responsible for resolving the issue. We wrote a blog about this a few years ago, but in short, these are some additional items to consider.
- Insurance: Be sure the restoration company you hire is insured.
- Certifications: Choose a water damage contractor that has a certificate from The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification or IICRC.
- Reviews: Check to see if the company has good reviews (both from insurance agents and homeowners). Specifically, look for companies that have reviews specific to your kind of project requirements.
Planning for water damage isn’t something you want to do. We get it.
But by understanding the 4 steps we outlined above, you’ll be prepared if this disaster should happen to you.
-Green Clean Team