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Why Natural Disaster Water Damage Is So Bad

Aug 7, 2008
No one is ever truly prepared for the aftermath of a natural disaster flood that damages their home. It can literally look like a river has made a new path right through your house and left many calling cards behind. There can be broken windows, doors broken down, all kinds of trash, limbs, leaves, mud, and no telling what else. There could even be snakes and rodents that have taken up residence. Your personal belongings have been ruined almost beyond recognition and you wonder whether you will ever be able to live there again.

Of course, whether it is possible to inhabit your house again will depend largely on how much water flooded your home and how long it was present inside before it receded. It is difficult and mind boggling to know what to do first once you have been allowed to go back to access the damage. It might not even be a good idea to go alone without a professional water damage expert when you know that things are going to be really bad.

Homes that have been flooded by natural disasters are often hazardous to even enter. If you are covered by insurance for natural disaster flooding, then your insurance company is probably the first phone call you should make. An insurance agent might very well come to meet you, but on the other hand they might take a little longer than expected if there are many other claims being made in your area to the same company as you have.

Even though time is of the essence when a home has been flooded, much damage may have already have been done that you can not change. Once it has been determined that it is safe for you to go into the home, there may be some clean up that you can begin while you wait for your insurance company assessment. You might remove furniture and other personal items that can be salvaged. Be sure and make a list of all household belongings that have been ruined beyond repair and either keep them on the premises or take pictures for your insurance company.

If you have no insurance coverage, then you will want to do as much of the cleaning up yourself as you can. If you can call in a water damage expert to get advice about what things you can do yourself and what other things that will likely require professional help. When a natural disaster flood causes extensive damage, you are sure to have to have at least some professional help. Removing mud and mold will be a tough job and it is unlikely that you will be able to do it alone.
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