The recent flooding in Houston caused catastrophic damage to over a thousand
homes and left hundreds in need of rescue. This most recent disaster comes
less than a year after the Memorial Day floods and many homeowners are
still finishing repairs and preparing to move back into their households.
It is difficult to predict when powerful thunderstorms will occur, but
by forming a plan ahead of time, you can be prepared. Below are steps
you can take in the event of flood damage to your home.
Stay safe: If your house begins to flood for any reason, the first step is to protect
your family. Shut off your gas and electricity utilities and do not turn
them on until all water is removed. Depending on the severity of the damage,
more drastic measures may be necessary to ensure the safety of you and
your family. As hard is it may be to leave your home, if flooding reaches
certain levels it may become necessary to prepare for evacuation. After
you have made sure that everyone is safe, call emergency services.
Document the damage and secure your home: In order to maximize an insurance claim, you will need to show the insurance
company that you have done everything in your power to secure your home
and protect against further damage. Make sure to document all damage
before you begin to make repairs to your home. Be sure to keep a record of anything
that was damaged as well as the height of the water. Pictures can go a
long way when fighting for your claim.
Notify your insurance: It is important to call your insurance company as soon as you can. If they
require a written notification of flood damage, be sure to do so. When
talking to your insurance, keep a record of who you talk to, exactly what
you disused, and the time and date of all calls. This will help keep your
insurance company responsible for providing you with the coverage you paid for.
Hold Insurance Companies Accountable – Call 833-7RIGHTS
When flooding occurs, you may be counting on your insurance to be there
for you. When it is not, you need to take action and hold insurance companies
accountable. If you have been the victim of flood damage and are not getting
the compensation that you have been promised, call the Houston bad faith
insurance attorney at Dick Law Firm. It is no secret that insurance companies
are businesses concerned with making a profit. Do not let the profits
of an insurance company come at the expense of your claim.
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to find out more about how our firm can help.