There are many ways that a home can be afflicted by flooding. Overflowing bodies of water, storm surges, heavy rains, a broken dam, or even a burst pipe inside the home. The way that it entered your home aside, water damage is a dangerous situation. Unfortunately, the process of getting a house back to its former glory after water damage is a grueling, and expensive one.
Call Your Insurance Provider
Your first move should be to call your insurance company who will then dispatch an insurance adjuster to your house. Insurance adjusters decide when funds will be released for the clean up, restoration, and remodeling process.
Meet With Disaster Restoration Experts
Next, you should call a disaster restoration company to begin the dry out process. They will pull up wet carpets, move any soaked furniture, and place industrial fans throughout the damaged area to dry the structure and contents of your home. Do not hesitate in calling a restoration company. When things get wet, they’re potential homes for mold and other fungi. Turn on the ac, and open all of the windows. Do everything in your power to dry out your home before the restoration company gets there. But, come storm season, and a big storm, there will be unprofessional companies out trying to make a buck. Make sure whatever restoration company you’ve contacted is fully licensed and insured to perform the job on your property.
Get An Estimate
Once the company that’s doing the remodeling arrives at your house, the representative will want to do an estimate. This involves walking throughout your home and noting all of the damages that have occurred. Once these damages have been accounted for, they will be put into a document that includes the price of repairing these damages. This document is called the estimate, and you’ll want to hold on to this to give to your insurance company.
Check For Mold
Anytime your home experiences water damage whether it be flooding or a simple roof leak, you should have the area inspected for mold. This step occurs after the home has been dried out. The inspector will require samples taken from the drywall and ceiling of the afflicted areas. Then, the samples will be tested at a lab to see if any black mold spores are present. Black mold can grow on the inside of walls, and can be very harmful to humans.
Now, you should just wait. Do not being remodeling until the report comes back negative, as in there are no mold spores present. Although this can take days, and sometimes weeks, it makes more sense to wait. If you don’t wait, and remodel with mold present, you’re putting your health at risk. Mold can pose a serious threat to those with allergies.
The Remodeling Process Can Finally Begin
Now that everything has been dried, the remodeling project can begin. If you must live at the property while it’s being worked on, a good remodeling company will put up dust barriers in between work zones and living areas. They should also close off all vents in afflicted areas to avoid the circulation of dust and paint fumes throughout your home.
Think about how you’d like to change your home. Better lighting, different textures on the ceilings, choice of flooring. Now is the time to change anything about your home. But, it’s imperative that you set a budget, so you don’t go over board.
Review Your Insurance Policy
Review your insurance policy and consider increasing it for your newly remodeled property. All of the facets that go into a home can be expensive to fix when it’s all at the same time. Make sure that your insurance policy works for you.
Go With The Pros!
Restoration USA is a fully certified disaster restoration company located in Pompano Beach. We restore water damage and fire damage, and also perform mold removal and leak detection, in all of Broward county. Call us, toll-free, 24/7 at (866) 745-6428 or visit us online to schedule your free evaluation.