When your home falls victim to a flood it’s difficult to know what to do. Should you immediately try salvaging your belongings? How do you know if it’s safe? Who should you call for help? Eichelmann Insurance Agency would like to extend some helpful tips to our Richardson, TX neighbors asking these questions and more about flood recovery.
First Things First
Before you enter your home after a flood makes sure it’s safe. If you live in an evacuation zone, be sure you’re clear to return. Before you enter to make sure your gas and electricity are shut off. Wear sturdy shoes to avoid slipping or injury from stepping on hidden hazards like glass or animals.
Patching Things Up
Rescue what valuables you can, but only if the building is safe. Open your doors and windows to get air circulating again. Check your foundations, floors, walls, and ceiling for cracks, holes, and sagging sections. Patch up and reinforce what you can. If you need the help of a professional contractor, be sure they are licensed and insured. Always be wary of scammers that could be taking advantage of your tragedy.
The Road To Recovery
After securing your property as safely as possible, it’s time to make a plan. If you have flood insurance, contact your agent to begin your claim. Inventory the damage to your home and belongings and work with your insurance to determine what items can be salvaged, what will need to be repaired, and what will ultimately need replacement or rebuilding. If you do not have flood insurance, explore options for financial aid either through regional or government programs or local recovery efforts.
Rebuilding after a flood is a monumental task, especially if you’re uninsured. Eichelmann Insurance Agency encourages our Richardson, TX neighbors to contact us today to learn more about protecting your assets against flood damage.