It can be overwhelming to deal with the aftermath of a hurricane. If you are lucky, you will only incur minor damages. However, it is good to be prepared for the worst. Flooding after a hurricane can cause a lot of damage, and it should not be taken lightly. Here is how to handle flood damage after a hurricane.
Document Everything for Insurance Purposes
When dealing with flooding issues, insurance companies will require proper documentation and estimates of your losses. Moreover, the insurance process can take a long time. You need to record everything and contact your insurance company as soon as possible to start your claim.
After flooding or water damage, use a tape measure against the wall to take photos of the water line around your house. You want to keep multiple records and photographic evidence to make your case. It doesn’t hurt to double check with the insurance company that they have received all your documents and forms required.
You can also apply for FEMA assistance even if you have insurance or flood insurance. It doesn’t hurt to apply for all of the aid that is available.
Carefully Clean Your Home
It can be tricky to clean up when you encounter flooding after a hurricane. In order to avoid any potential health concerns, you will need to use special products and cleaning techniques, as well as protective gear. You may be able to restore some personal belongings by using proper cleaning procedures or techniques, or hire a professional restoration company.
Removing water and thoroughly drying everything is of the utmost importance after a flood. You can use wet/dry vacuums, as well as carpet and upholstery cleaners to extract water from both hard and soft surfaces. After you have removed the excess water, dampness may cause mold and mildew. Dehumidifiers and fans can help remove any lingering moisture out of walls or flooring.
When recovering your home after hurricane damage, keep in mind that elevation may be the key to prevent future damage from flooding. If you live in a flood risk area, you may have to elevate your home and comply with your community’s elevation regulations for construction. One of the most common retrofitting methods for homes is elevation wherein you lift your home off the existing foundation. You can either build a new foundation or extend the existing foundation higher.
DeVooght House Lifters has been providing professional home elevation services for nearly 55 years. We offer quality and expertise at an affordable price and pride ourselves in professional work. We will help you navigate the process of elevation of your home. Contact us at 844-203-9912 for your structural lifting needs.