What You Need to Know About Post-Hurricane Water Damage

What You Need to Know About Post-Hurricane Water Damage

If your home ensures water damage in the upcoming hurricane season, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind. First, regardless as to how bad (or mild) the damage seems to be, you’ll still want to contact your insurance company.

For example, one woman we spoke with said was stuck dealing with non-hurricane water damage in mid-April. The pipes in her building backed up, which caused the sinks in her kitchen and bathroom to overflow. At first glance, it seemed as if the damage was limited to the front faces of her cabinets. Yet when an expert came out to assess the damage, she learned that water had seeped under the floors in the kitchen, master bathroom, bedroom and living room. Not only did all of the flooring need to be torn up, the bottom portion of the drywall, in all of the rooms, needed to be removed.

Always- always contact your insurance company.

Second, before you start to clean up, you’ll want to take pictures. Photograph anything and everything that looks as if it may have been damaged. Not only will this serve as proof of the repairs that need to be made, it can help ensure you get as much financial help from your insurance company as possible.

After you finish taking photos, wipe or mop up as much of the water as you can. Do not wait for your insurance adjuster or cleanup professional to arrive. Remember- the longer standing water is allowed to sit, the more damage you’ll be stuck dealing with. It is also worth noting that many insurance companies require homeowners to do what they can to prevent additional damage from occurring. Although no one is suggesting your clean up job needs to be 100% perfect, it’s best to do as much as you can to prevent an already bad situation from getting worse.

In closing

Water damage can lead to any number of problems, such as mold, mildew and rot. If you suspect your home may have endured water damage, regardless as to whether it’s related to a hurricane, it’s always best to err on the side of caution.

If you own a vacation home in SWFL, you’ve been notified that a storm is on the way, and you’d like to earn more about how a home watch service can serve as your proverbial eyes and ears on the ground, call Gulf Shore Home Watch & Concierge today to learn more.