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Mold Basics

10/26/2021 (Permalink)

Molds are part of the natural environment. Molds are fungi that can be found anywhere – inside or outside – throughout the year. About 1,000 species of mold can be found in the United States, with more than 100,000 known species worldwide.

Indoors, mold growth should be avoided. Problems may arise when mold starts eating away at materials, affecting the look, smell, and possibly, with the respect to wood-framed buildings, affecting the structural integrity of the buildings.

Molds can grow on virtually any substance, as long as moisture or water, oxygen, and an organic source are present. Molds reproduce by creating tiny spores (viable seeds) that usually cannot be seen without magnification. Mold spores continually float through the indoor and outdoor air.

Molds are usually not a problem unless mold spores land on a damp spot and begin growing. They digest whatever they land on to survive. Some molds grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods and insulation, while other molds feast on the everyday dust and dirt that gather in the moist regions of a building.

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How to Avoid Mold in a Vacant House

10/26/2021 (Permalink)

Fix any leaks and seepage, inside and out, as the most important ingredient for mold growth is damp environments. Eradicate leaks from sinks and showers by shutting off the main water valve outside.

Ventilate the home. Leave some windows cracked open if you feel it's safe to do so.

Remove debris from the home, including clothing or other items left behind by tenants. Clothing and other remnants of human life may become moist, creating a hospitable environment for mold growth.

Remove any plant life from the home. Mold can grow in plant soil.

Clean out the refrigerator, throwing out any leftover food or debris. Wash it down thoroughly with with anti-fungal products, vinegar, or bleach and water if you have unplugged it.

Get rid of any existing mold using a mold-removing product. Pay particular attention to the showers or bathtubs, where mold often grows.

Turn off the water to the toilet and get rid of all the water in the bowl. Mold will grow inside the toilet bowl and underneath the toilet seat if water is present.

Put plastic over dirt in crawl spaces and in the basement to help prevent mold growth. Also make sure crawl spaces and the basement are well-ventilated.

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Property Claims

10/26/2021 (Permalink)

In general, if your property gets damaged during a storm, you should:

  1. Protect property from further damage.
  • Cover the property if it is exposed to the elements.
  • Make temporary repairs, if reasonable and necessary, to protect the property from further damage.
  • Maintain a record of all expenses incurred.
  • Separate damaged from undamaged personal property.
  1. Take photos of damage (if possible).
  2. Prepare an inventory of damaged personal property.
  • List quantity, description and value.
  • Attach bills, receipts, estimates and related documents.
  1. Retain damaged property until a claims adjuster approves its disposal (unless a danger to safety exists).
  • The adjuster may need to inspect the property.
  • The insurance company may be able to salvage the damaged property.
  1. Expect to be contacted by the claims adjuster within two working days.Call your broker or insurance carrier if you have not been contacted within that timeframe.
  • If the damage significantly affects your continuing operations, your broker can request that the insurance carrier expedite your claim.
  • Inform your broker or carrier immediately if your circumstances change and this loss will have a greater impact on your business than originally anticipated.
  1. Be prepared to provide additional information as requested by the claims adjuster.

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What if You Can't Get Out Right Away?

10/6/2021 (Permalink)

If you can't get out fast, because fire or smoke is blocking an escape route, you'll want to yell for help. You can do this from an open window or call 911 if you have a phone with you.

Even if you're scared, never hide under the bed or in a closet. Then, firefighters will have a hard time finding you. Know that firefighters or other adults will be looking for you to help you out safely. The sooner they find you, the sooner you both can get out.

In the meanwhile, keep heat and smoke from getting through the door by blocking the cracks around the door with sheets, blankets, and/or clothing. If there is a window in the room that is not possible to escape from, open it wide and stand in front of it. If you can grab a piece of clothing or a towel, place it over your mouth to keep from breathing in the smoke. This works even better if you wet the cloth first.

If Your Clothes Catch Fire

A person's clothes could catch fire during a fire or by accident, like if you step too close to a candle. If this happens, don't run! Instead, stop, drop to the ground, cover your face with your hands, and roll. This will cut off the air and put out the flames. An easy way to remember this is: Stop, Drop, and Roll!

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What to Do After a Hurricane?

10/6/2021 (Permalink)

After it is confirmed by authorities that the storm has passed and it is safe to go outdoors, you can begin to assess any potential damage to your home and property. Follow these tips after the storm is over:

  • If you were evacuated, return home only after authorities advise it is safe to do so.
  • Avoid downed power lines. Never touch anything in contact with power lines, including water or water puddles that may be near the downed power lines.
  • Protect your property from further damage by boarding up broken windows to help deter vandalism or additional weather damage. Arrange for reasonable temporary repairs.
  • Be wary of any gas lines that may have been damaged or broken during the storm. If a gas leak is suspected, stay out of the property until the utility company deems it safe.
  • Be cautious of hazards that are a product of the storm, such as water due to flooding, sharp or broken objects, damaged tree limbs or other structures that may have been damaged by high winds or water.
  • Keep accurate records of your expenses and save bills and receipts from your temporary repairs. (Avoid making permanent repairs until your Claim professional has reviewed the damage.) Keep accurate records of any other expenses incurred.
  • Separate and inventory any damaged personal property. Create a list of any damaged contents, including a description of the item, name of the manufacturer, brand name, age, as well as the place and date of purchase, if known. Include photographs, videotapes or personal property inventories you may already have available.
  • If you think your home might be unsafe due to storm damage, contact your insurance company to discuss finding temporary accommodations.

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What to do in a fire

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

Knowing what to do in a fire can save your life.

  • If you can extinguish the fire, do so thoroughly.
  • If not, run for safety and call for help. To make your way through a fire, crawl beneath the smoke and be sure to avoid going through doors that are hot.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, house fires are responsible for more than 2,600 fatalities per year.1 But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are fire protection steps you can take to keep your family safe in the event of a home fire.

Of course, prevention is the best step toward fire safety, but in case of a fire in your home, you’ll need to know exactly what to do.

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Tips for preventing water damage to your office

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

Seal cracks and gaps

Seal any cracks, holes, or other gaps in your building’s exterior and foundation to ensure that cold air doesn’t penetrate your building and warm air doesn’t escape. Caulk, weather stripping, and other sealants can be used to make your building more energy efficient and reduce the risk of frozen pipes.

 Keep track of valuable items

Knowing the value of items in your building will help you replace them in the event they’re damaged by a water-related incident. If there’s a risk of flooding, move valuable items from the floor of your business – as long as you don’t put yourself at risk. If flooding does occur, you’ll need to ensure that the building has been safely evacuated and that all employees and customers are able to get to higher ground as soon as possible.

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Preparing for a Hurricane or other Tropical storm

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

Make a Plan.

Hurricane season starts on May 15 in the north Pacific and June 1 in the Atlantic and the Caribbean. It ends on November 30. Before hurricane season each year, make sure you and your family are prepared b planning ahead

  • Write down emergency phone numbers and keep them on the refrigerator or near every phone in your house. Program them into your cell phone too.
  • Prepare an emergency supply kit
  • Locate the nearest shelter and different routes you can take to get there from your home. If shelter locations in your area have not been identified, learn how to find them in the event of a storm
  • Pet owners: Pre-identify shelters, a pet-friendly hotel, or an out-of-town friend or relative where you can take your pets in an evacuation. Local animal shelters may be able to offer advice on what to do with your pets if you are asked to evacuate your home.

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What to Do in a Storm

9/10/2021 (Permalink)

If there is a serious lightning storm over your house, start by taking precautions.

  • A general rule is the 30-30. If you hear thunder 30 seconds after seeing lightning, go inside and know that lightning could strike your area.
  • Unplug electrical devices in case of a surge. Do not touch any electrical device that is still plugged in – even a landline phone.
  • Avoid any faucet or fixture that has running water. Electricity can travel through pipes.
  • Do not stand on concrete floors or touch concrete walls. Electricity can travel through metal wiring inside of them.

These simple steps can help keep you and your loved ones safe if you do encounter a lightning strike.

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House Fire Recovery Steps

9/10/2021 (Permalink)

Contact Insurance Company

As soon as possible after the fire, contact your insurance company. Don't attempt to do any kind of cleanup until an insurance representative has evaluated the site. Take pictures of the damage, and take steps to prevent further damage, such as covering a hole in the roof with a tarp. But don't set foot on the site until the fire department has cleared the area as safe. Your insurance policy may include a provision to provide living expenses while your home is being rebuilt or repaired.

Assess the Damage

With your insurance company appraiser, walk through the property and assess the damage. Note repairs that must be made and items that can be salvaged. If the home is a total loss, discuss your insurer's process for helping you rebuild the home. Most companies will remit payment jointly to you and your mortgage company. You'll need to negotiate with the mortgage company to receive payment.

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