The home we live in is a very precious thing. It’s the place we grew up in, the place we raise our own families and the space where many of our dreams are created. Hundreds of wonderful memories were made under that one special roof, and we spend thousands of dollars over the years making them into what we have envisaged our dream home to look like. This is why when your home is damaged or destroyed by flooding, it can have a huge impact on the whole family. Here are 4 things you should do when your Miami home has been damaged by a flood.
- Turn off your water
If you believe your flood to be caused by an issue within your home rather than an external one (and assuming you can safely access your property,) turn off the water. Stopping the water flow will reduce the risk of any further water damage taking place. If possible, and ensuring that it’s safe to do so, move any nearby electrical items. Do not remove items from sockets or touch switches if you believe these to have been affected by the ingress of water.
- Contact your insurance company
Contact your insurance company as soon as you can. They will advise you on the next steps to take. Your insurance policy may also provide details of what to do in the event of a flood. They may tell you to contact an independent specialist or may even arrange this for you. Every insurer will handle claims differently, so check with them in the first instance. Assuming your contents are also insured, it is likely that they will ask for a list of any belongings which have been damaged or destroyed. When your mind is a bit clearer, start making a list of any belongings you have as well as their value. This will come in handy later on.
- Speak to a specialist
If your insurers advise you to contact a specialist, do so immediately. The sooner you can get professionals to help, the better. It will not only give you peace of mind but may minimize the damage to your belongings as well as the structure of your property. United Restoration have over 30 years’ experience in property restoration and cover several locations throughout Florida. They will not only handle the restoration of your property efficiently but can also liaise with your insurers making things far less stressful for you. For a guide to the services they can provide visit https://www.unitedrestorationfl.com/locations/miami/
- Try to stay focussed and positive
A flood affecting your property can bring worry and stress but it’s important that you remain calm and focussed. If you try and stay positive it will make things so much easier. Speak to family and friends and ask for help when needed. Before you know it, you will be home again and creating even more wonderful memories.