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Friday 1 March 2019

A Checklist For Fire And Water Damage In Bradenton

Posted by at 9:00 AM

Part of being a responsible homeowner is being prepared for whatever comes your way and, while we don’t like to think about fire damage or water damage, having a checklist and contingency plans for these devastating events is a valuable asset in your time of need. At Accutech we’ve seen the unfortunate people who aren’t prepared for these events and how they feel lost as a result of them. Arming yourself with a full understanding of your insurance policies and having an after disaster checklist in not only useful in these situations, it’s wise.

What To Do Immediately After A Fire Or Water Disaster In Your Sarasota Home

  • Contact your insurance company right away.
  • Keep a notebook to document the dates and times of conversations with everyone you speak to concerning your claim.
  • Save receipts for meals, hotels, toiletries, replacement clothing, prescriptions, etc.
  • Take photos or shoot video of each room for future reference and insurance claims. This will provide a digital inventory of some visible contents. Prepare a written inventory if possible.
  • Remove any valuables if you are not staying in the house – jewelry, important papers (passports, licenses, insurance papers, birth certificates)
  • Beware of scammers offering restoration services. Check references and visit the Restoration Industry Association website – www.restorationindustry.org – to find a responsible, reliable restoration company like Accutech Restoration.

Safety First! Fire And Water Damage In Bradenton

  • Don’t return home until the proper authorities allow you back in.
  • Do not turn on any electrical devices that are damaged by water as it can result in electrical shock.
  • Protect your hands and feet. Wear rubber gloves, work gloves and thick-soled shoes, not tennis shoes since they are vulnerable to nails, glass and other sharp objects.
  • Only enter during daylight hours if there is no electricity.
  • Leave the premises right away if you smell gas or the structure seems unstable.
  • Turn the power main off and secure it with tape to prevent it from turning on when the power is restored.
  • If you have fuel oil or propane, turn off the valve at the tank. Turn natural gas off at the meter.
  • Keep clear of rooms with sagging ceilings.
  • Treat all standing water as toxic.
  • Floods may force many creatures out of their natural habitats – beware of snakes, spiders and other reptiles and mammals that may take refuge in debris.
  • When leaving, secure the building to prevent further damage.
  • Or simply call Accutech Restoration and we would be happy to handle all of the above.

Restoration Tips For Fire And Water Damage In Bradenton

  • Transport computers and musical instruments to a dry environment.
  • Remove lamps, telephones & decorative items from wet furniture tops.
  • In wet environments, open windows to ventilate the area. Open drawers and cabinets for interior drying, but don’t force them open.
  • Remove standing water from flat surfaces by sponging and blotting.

If you have any questions regarding any of these fire and water damage cleanup pointers, please call Accutech right away. We can be on-site within an hour and restoring your life.