What To Do About Your Water Damage

 

Rain 

You've Got Water Damage...Now What?

File a Claim

1. Be Safe
Make Safety Your First Priority

  • Do not use electrical equipment or appliances while standing on wet carpet or floors.
  • Never use electrical equipment that has been water damaged, even if you are using it in a dry area.

2. Stop the Leak or Drip
Prevent Further Damage

  • If the water is coming from a burst or leaking pipe, try to find the closest shut-off valve and turn it off.
  • If water is coming in through the roof or broken windows, try to cover as best you can with tarps or plastic sheeting.

3. Document the Damage
Take Note

  • Take photos and videos.
  • Save all damaged items. Your claims representative may want to inspect them.
  • Keep a list of temporary repairs you make.
  • Save all claim-related bills and receipts.

4. Protect Your Belongings
Clean Up

  • 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.
  • Clean up as much water as possible by mopping or blotting with towels.
  • When safe to do so, use fans to circulate air and encourage drying.

5. Get It Fixed

After reporting your claim, you can use a water mitigation supplier of your choice to fix the damage. Talk to your claims representative about which option is best for you and how to proceed.

 

 

 

Source:

http://www.safeco.com/home-insurance-claims/what-to-do-about-water-damage


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