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Prevent House Fires

6/10/2020 (Permalink)

Know your shutoffs.

Know the locations of your power shutoffs for all utilities, including gas lines, circuit breakers, appliances, and fuses. Post clear shutoff directions next to each one. Keep a non-sparking tool handy for turning off gas.

Store flammable products properly.

Many household cleaners and cosmetic products like shaving cream and hair spray are flammable. Keep flammable products away from heat, including exposure to sunlight. Designate a cool, dark cupboard for flammable products and make sure all family members know where they go. 

Keep combustible materials like paint and gasoline in their original containers. Store tightly-closed paint containers upside down so the paint creates a seal. Gasoline should be stored in containers designed for gasoline. If a container develops a crack or leak, transfer its contents into a new container made of the same material as the original. 

https://www.safewise.com/home-security-faq/prevent-house-fire/

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Safely Preventing Mold

6/10/2020 (Permalink)

Safely Preventing Mold Growth Cleanup - Dry out the building quickly (within 24 to 48 hours). Open doors and windows. Use fans to dry out the building. • When in doubt, take it out! Remove all porous items that have been wet for more than 48 hours and that cannot be thoroughly cleaned and dried. These items can remain a source of mold growth and should be removed from the home. Porous, noncleanable items include carpeting and carpet padding, upholstery, wallpaper, drywall, floor and ceiling tiles, insulation material, clothing, leather, paper, wood, and food. Removal and cleaning are important because even dead mold may cause allergic reactions in some people. • To prevent mold growth, clean wet items and surfaces with detergent and water. • Homeowners may want to temporarily store items outside of the home until insurance claims can be filed.

https://www.ada.org/~/media/ADA/Member%20Center/FIles/office_cleanup.pdf?la=en

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Example of Tree Falling on Roof Causing Water Damage & Gradual Damage

5/11/2020 (Permalink)

Example of Tree Falling on Roof Causing Water Damage & Gradual Damage

Following a water damage claim that was covered as a result of a tree falling on the roof and creating an opening in which water poured into the home, the opening and roof were repaired by the insurance company.

  • The damage in the home was repaired, however, several months later the homeowners noticed a funny smell or paint chipping near where the repairs had been done. They call the insurance company who took care of the claim, and they are advised that there is still humidity or even worse, newly formed mold where the damage had been.

On rare occasions, additional damage may occur after or as a result of a claim, and not be caught. If the gradual damage is a result of the original claim that was covered, the insurance company may decide to cover it.

https://www.thebalance.com/how-to-handle-water-damage-claims-3860314

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Why Was Coverage Denied?

5/11/2020 (Permalink)

Why Was Coverage Denied?

Find out if coverage would have been available to you for this kind of damage through an endorsement. You have a right to know what is covered (or could be available) on your insurance for future reference. You may also want to figure out why you did not have it. If it is available elsewhere, consider changing your company for the future.

If you are convinced that your coverage should have applied, or that something is wrong, then you should consider getting a second opinion by a licensed professional or consumer advocacy organization that is familiar with insurance in your region.

Your insurance company may also have an ombudsman that can help review your file. You can also contact your state insurance commissioner for guidance or to file a complaint.

https://www.thebalance.com/how-to-handle-water-damage-claims-3860314

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Clean up after a flood

5/7/2020 (Permalink)

Clean up after a flood

When You First Reenter Your Building

  • If you have standing water in the building and can turn off the main power from a dry location, then go ahead and turn off the power, even if it delays cleaning. If you must enter standing water to access the main power switch, then call an electrician to turn it off. NEVER turn power on or off yourself or use an electric tool or appliance while standing in water. • Have an electrician check the building’s electrical system before turning the power on again. • If the building has been closed up for several days, enter briefly to open doors and windows to let it air out for a while (at least 30 minutes) before you stay for any length of time. • If the building has been flooded and has been closed up for several days, presume it has been contaminated with mold. • If your building has been flooded, it also may be contaminated with sewage.

https://www.ada.org/~/media/ADA/Member%20Center/FIles/office_cleanup.pdf?la=en

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How to know what tornado damage insurance you need

5/7/2020 (Permalink)

How to know what tornado damage insurance you need

If you are worried about damage and claims arising from tornadoes and spring storm conditions like hail, rain, or windstorms, study your standard home insurance options and car insurance options have basic provisions for tornadoes and various weather-related types of risks.

But, the type of coverage you have can make a difference of thousands of dollars in how much you get paid in a claim. Many homeowners and renters can find themselves in a very bad situation if they haven't checked their insurance coverage carefully.

https://www.thebalance.com/home-and-car-insurance-for-tornado-damage-4026154

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Information to Seek About Your Tornado Insurance Coverage

5/7/2020 (Permalink)

Information to Seek About Your Tornado Insurance Coverage

Although damage from hail, windstorms, trees, and other types of spring damage are covered, the information you need to know extends beyond whether it is covered to how it is covered.

The answers to the following questions will make a significant difference for you when you make a claim. Start with a conversation with your insurance agent or representative to make sure you understand the claims process fully before you have to make a claim.

Find out what kind of home insurance policy you have.

You want to make sure you have an All Risk or Peril Insurance policy to ensure the maximum protection for your home and personal property.

Find out if you have a specific deductible.

In the event of a tornado or windstorm, make sure that you have enough money set aside to cover that deductible. Higher risk areas may impose higher deductibles. On the flip side, you could use your deductible to save money.

https://www.thebalance.com/home-and-car-insurance-for-tornado-damage-4026154

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Prevent House Fires

4/20/2020 (Permalink)

Prevent House Fires

Test your smoke detectors.

Properly maintain your smoke alarms by testing the batteries once a month. It’s easy to forget such regular maintenance, but it’s worth setting a reminder in your smartphone’s calendar to help you get it done. If they’re not working, replace them immediately. 

Inspect heating sources.

Regardless of what kind of primary heating you have in your home, an annual inspection will reduce your risk of fire.

Change furnace filters regularly to avoid a buildup of dust and lint that can easily catch fire. If you use space heaters, carefully inspect them before and after each use, and place them at least three feet away from anything combustible, such as fabric or paper. Check water heaters as well, especially those that run off gas and have a pilot light. Make sure nothing is close to the heating element.

https://www.safewise.com/home-security-faq/prevent-house-fire/

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Food and Water Sanitation

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

Food and Water Sanitation

Until your local water company, utility, or public health department declares your water source safe, purify your water, not only for drinking and cooking, but also for washing any part of the body or dishes.

  • Water: Strain water through a clean cloth or filter; then boil water vigorously for a full minute; let cool. If boiling is not possible, use fresh unscented liquid chlorine bleach (8 drops or 1/8 tsp/gallon of clear water; 16 drops or 1/4 tsp/gallon of cloudy water); stir; let stand 30 minutes. Iodine and purification tablets are not recommended.
  • Food: Undamaged, commercially-prepared foods in all-metal cans or retort pouches can be saved if you remove the labels, thoroughly wash the cans, rinse them, and then disinfect them with a sanitizing solution consisting of 1 tablespoon of bleach per gallon of potable water. Finally, re-label containers that had the labels removed, including the expiration date, with a marker.
  • Utensils: Discard flood-contaminated wooden cutting boards and spoons, plastic utensils, baby bottles, nipples, and pacifiers. Thoroughly wash metal and ceramic pans, utensils, and dishes with hot soapy water and sanitize by boiling them in clean water or by immersing them for 15 minutes in a solution of 1 tsp chlorine bleach/quart water.

https://agrilifeextension.tamu.edu/solutions/water-damage-restoration-clean-up-checklist/

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Long term flooding or wetness

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

Long-term flooding or wetness is likely to ruin most interior finishes and contents, but the next steps may be possible when flooding is short term and cleanup begins promptly. Delay permanent repairs until the building is thoroughly dry, which may take weeks.

 Subfloors

  • Layers of submerged plywood or OSB subfloors will likely separate or swell. Affected sections must be replaced to keep the new floor covering from buckling.
  • When floor coverings are removed, allow the subflooring to dry thoroughly, which may take months without a dehumidifier.
  • Check for warping before installing new flooring.

Wood Floors

  • Carefully remove a board every few feet to reduce buckling caused by swelling. If boards are tongue-and-grooved, consult a carpenter or flooring professional.
  • Clean and dry the floor thoroughly, which may take weeks, before replacing boards and attempting repairs.

https://agrilifeextension.tamu.edu/solutions/water-damage-restoration-clean-up-checklist/

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