What Should I Do First?
Hopefully, you will never need to use this checklist but if water damage or mold removal is needed then read carefully.
- Safety is Your #1 Top Priority
- Do not use any form of electrical equipment or appliances while standing in or on wet floors.
- Never use electrical equipment that has been water damaged.
Stop the Leak or Drip (Water Source)
- Prevent any further Damage
- If water is coming from a burst or leaking pipe, try to find the closest shut off valve and turn it off immediately.
- If water is coming in through the roof or broken windows, cover as best you can with tarps or plastic.
Document the Damage
- Take detailed Notes
- Take lots of photos and videos. This is key, and the ultimate form of proof for insurance agents.
- Save all your damaged items. Your claims representative may want to inspect them and compensate you.
- Keep a list of temporary repairs you make and associated out of pocket costs.
- Save all claim related bills and receipts to be reimbursed later.
Protect Your Belongings
- Clean Up as best as possible.
- Move wet items to drier areas.
- Place aluminum foil, coasters, or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
- Remove area rugs from the floor. Dyes in carpets can stain flooring, carpeting and wood floors. Mold can also set in.
- Clean up as much water as possible by mopping, blotting with towels, and wet vac use.
- When safe to do so, use fans to circulate air and encourage drying.
Get It Fixed
- After reporting your claim to your insurance provider, you can use a water mitigation supplier like us to fix the damage. Talk to your claims representative about which option is best for you and how to proceed.
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