How to clean up after a hurricane
With the proper safety gear, such as goggles, hard hats, masks, heavy gloves and waterproof boots, begin the cleanup process. But before you begin, you should contact your agent, they may be able to provide assistance or help you in reporting your claim. Also, don't discarded or repair anything prior to reporting the claim.
- Examine the area for hazards: Before any cleanup, survey the property. If there are any unusual odors, water near electrical appliances or outlets, the structure of the building is questionable, or you see any chemicals in the water, check with your local authorities and utilities to make sure it’s safe to return.
- Begin drying out the building: If you’re able, remove only damaged drywall, carpets and pads, and pull off wet baseboards and cabinet kick plates. Keep samples of any carpets that are removed. Leave your home as well ventilated as possible. Document your damage by taking photographs.
- Start the cleanup: If you do the cleaning yourself, be careful not to injure yourself or others. Keep track of the time and money you spend protecting your property. If you decide to use a contractor , get a receipt for the cost of labor and materials to give your claim representative. Don’t have any repair work done until you discuss them with your claim representative. It may be beneficial to get an estimate first.
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