Although hurricane season ends soon, it is important to stay vigilant if you want to keep your Pasco County home safe from water damage. Developing a hurricane emergency plan to help you deal with water damage will make sure that you can keep your home and family safe.
Know When to Evacuate
The most important part of your emergency plan is knowing when you should evacuate your home. If major flooding is a possibility, you should leave as soon as possible so that you’ll be safe. In your emergency plan, you should list a location to which you can evacuate if flooding gets too bad, as well as a procedure for how and when you will return home. Before you leave, make sure to turn off your electricity to protect your home and possessions from further damage.
Get Your Home Ready
Getting your home ready for the high winds and heavy rains is another crucial component of your hurricane emergency plan. If the storm is likely to bring flooding, you may want to add sandbags around your property to help mitigate the damage. Boarding up your windows or installing impact-resistant glass can be effective precautions. During a hurricane, broken windows are one of the primary ways that water can get into your home and damage your possessions. With a little preparation, you should be able to limit how much damage your home suffers.
After the Storm
Every hurricane emergency plan should include steps to follow after the storm is over. When it comes to water damage, one of the first things you must do is call your insurance company. Your insurer will likely have steps you need to take, including taking photos or videos of the damage. After contacting your insurer, you need to take steps to dry out your home. Set up fans throughout your house and turn on your air conditioner to combat humidity.
If you need help with water damage after a hurricane, you can call ServiceMaster Restore at 727-300-3773. We can help you get your home back in order so that you can get back to your life.
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