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Wind

  • First make sure you and your family are safe.  If a tree or branch has fallen on your home there is a possibility that it has caused structural damage. Try to stay away from the damaged area.
  • It is important to act quickly as cracked roof tiles, damaged shingles, or a damaged wall are easily susceptible to water damage.  If water leaks into any of these compromised areas it can lead to larger problems in the future including mold, mildew, drywall damage, flooring damage, and electrical damage.
  • Contact your insurance company right away to begin working on your claim.  Do not wait to contact your insurer as many times they have time restrictions on secondary damage coverage.  For example, if you wait a few days after water damage occurs, it is not uncommon for mold/mildew remediation to NOT be covered because the issue arose from not handling the original damage in a timely fashion.

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Fire and Smoke

  • Limit movement in affected area so soot does not become airborne.
  • Keep hands clean and try not to touch walls and furniture.
  • Place towels or old linens down on traffic areas to keep soot down.
  • Wipe off all metal fixtures such as door knobs faucets.
  • If you are exposing yourself to soot and smoke, be sure to protect yourself with a mask and latex gloves.
  • Contact you insurance provider right away to begin your claim.

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Water and Flood

  • Shut off main water supply if possible.
  • Shut off electricity if possible.
  • Open windows and doors to vent humidity.
  • Move furniture and valuable contents to dry area and cover with linens.
  • Place foam or wood blocks under legs of furniture to protect from water.
  • Contact your insurance company right away to begin working on your claim.  Do not wait to contact your insurer as many times they have time restrictions on secondary damage coverage.  For example, if you wait a few days after water damage occurs, it is not uncommon for mold/mildew remediation to NOT be covered because the issue arose from not handling the original damage in a timely fashion.

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Mold and Mildew

  • Crack windows and doors if the moisture buildup is coming from within you home.
  • Do not disturb the mold as it easily becomes airborne.
  • Avoid exposure in the area.
  • Turn off air conditioning, and fans to minimize the amount of mold that may become airborne and to ensure that the spore do not travel to other parts of your home.

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