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How to Handle Your Home’s Water Damage

Having water damage in your home can be a life-changing experience. Many Florida residents, unfortunately, have their homes flooded during hurricane season, but water damage can happen at any time. If the damage is significant, you’ll need to call in the professionals. If not or in the meantime, try these tips and things you should know about water damage.

  • Insurance – Typically homeowner’s insurance does not cover flood damage. In areas like Southwest Florida, you’ll likely have a separate insurance policy through the National Flood Insurance Policy. There’s a difference between a burst pipe and water from a storm. Be sure to read your policies to understand what is and isn’t covered. You’ll also need to report any water damage in your home to the insurance company ASAP.
  • Electricity – Water can damage your home’s flooring, walls, furniture, and much more. It can also ruin any devices that use electricity such as electronics and appliances. Move all of these items out of the way and turn off your power if possible. If you pull up your carpet you might be able to save it once it’s cleaned and disinfected.
  • Water – You’ll want to start removing water as soon as you can after flooding has occurred. If you’re desperate you can use buckets to remove water or old towels to soak it up. You can use a wet/dry vacuum plugged into an outlet away from the water. If you can get your hands on a sump pump that will do the trick, but you’ll likely want to call in the professionals.
  • Drying Up – Use fans and a dehumidifier to dry out the area after the water has been removed. Open windows as long as it’s not raining. You might have to cut away areas of drywall that were affected by flooding because they can crumble and grow mold.

Storm Smart has a full line of hurricane protection products that can help prevent water from damaging your home in the first place. Give us a call today at 239-274-2700 for more information.