Spring water damage preparations
With Spring around the corner, with its melting snow and storms, probably holds the best chances for water damages in your home. Approximately 2% of all households will suffer water damages each year; it’s the second most common type of insurance claim, trailing only wind/hail claims.
Are you prepared? Have you made any precautions so it doesn’t happen to you? And if it does happen to strike you, do you know what to do?
Do you know what your insurance covers, and what it doesn’t? The average water damage claim is $7000-$7500, but it can be MUCH higher with the right circumstances: flood waters, amount of structure and contents affected, length of time water was present, etc.
Water can damage/destroy personal property, such as: photo albums, collections, family heirlooms, etc. Water can also disrupt lives; even when mitigated properly, the homeowner may not have access to certain areas of their own home once drying equipment has been set.
A few words of advice:
Once flood waters begin to rise, they can rise quickly and with little warning. Prepare all areas of your home for the possibility of flood waters entering your home.
Document everything. Take pictures (or video) of anything of value and have it ready just in case those items are damaged. And be sure to take pictures and document anything that must be discarded for safety reasons before an insurance adjuster can be there.
Be proactive and check water pipes in your house for leaks, splits, or any damage. Replace any questionable sections.
If you happen to suffer from a water damage, call the experts at SERVPRO Bedford Park/Burbank. 708-430-3600.