5 Best Practices After a Monsoon
If you find yourself dreading monsoon season, you can take solace in knowing that you are absolutely not alone. Every year, families work together to ensure the safety and security of their household. Monsoon Safety Awareness Week is out this website for monsoon facts and insurance tips
Preparing for the monsoon season is certainly important, which is why we covered some tips in a previous discussion (click here to read that informative article). Now, we would like to switch gears a bit and discuss what you should do after monsoon season has ended or after your household has experienced damage from the severe storms. You might also be interested in our video on Storm Damage Recovery.
Worry About Injuries First
While the integrity of your home is certainly important, the first thing to concentrate on following a monsoon is the safety and welfare of your family. You need to check for any and all injuries, no matter how small, and get them attended to. Scratches and scrapes can be handled yourself, but more serious injuries will require professional assistance. If anyone requires hospitalization, do not hesitate. If nothing else, you can deal with damage to your home from the hospital. Here are some tips on illness prevention during post-storm cleanup.
Assess Any Damage to Your Home
Once you know that everyone is safe or is being nursed back to health, you need to assess the damage that the monsoon has done to your home. Make a list of everything you see wrong, starting with the most severe and going all the way down to the tiny, almost insignificant things. Prioritizing damage in this fashion will help you get back to the ways things were before the monsoon at a much faster rate.
Reach Out to a Reputable Restoration Company
The repair and restoration company that you choose to complete work on your home will determine how quickly and effectively the damage is fixed so that you can get on with your lives. While some homeowners immediately reach for the phone to contact their insurance company, its best to let the restoration company act as your representative because they have your best interests in mind and will work directly with your insurance company to get as much covered as possible.
Get Everything in Writing
Like with most things when you're dealing with a large company or legal situation, you want to make sure that you have everything in writing. It's always nice when representatives will tell you that they'll do this or they'll do that for you, but without having something in writing, you won't be able to prove anything later on in case anyone disputes what was said or if there was a miscommunication. Even if you know for a fact that you can take a company at its word, written documentation provides you with a paper trail to follow for any plans that you've made.
Make Temporary Living Arrangements, If Necessary
If a monsoon has hit your home and done enough damage, there's a good chance that you and your family may not be able to return until after all the repairs and restoration have been finished. You should always have a list of family and friends who have agreed to give you a place to stay in such an event. We suggest that you have more than one contingency plan just in case someone on your list is unable to help you at the given time, possibly because they have also experienced some kind of damage or other life-altering event.
Taking care of your household and your family following a monsoon is something that every Coloradoan should be well-versed in. The professional cleanup crew at Abbotts Fire & Flood is standing by to help you in your hour of need to get your life back on track. Contact us and we'll be there right away.