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How to Respond After a Home Disaster

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It's devastating when your home is damaged due to water, fire, or mold. Dealing with the aftermath of a disaster is an extensive process, involving everything from cleanup to making the insurance claim. That's why we've compiled a list of steps to give you a game plan and hopefully to make your life a little easier:

1. Respond to Emergencies First
You and your family's safety should always be the top priority. Ensure that any emergencies are taken care of first and foremost. Examples of these could include:
• Alerting the fire department if your home is on fire
• Shutting off the main water source if your home is flooding due to a burst pipe
• Moving to a higher level if flooding has occurred
• Exiting your home if you feel it's an unsafe environment
• Making sure every person in the house is accounted for

2. Call a Residential Restoration Company
It's important to resist the temptation to start cleaning up the damage yourself. Leave it to the disaster relief experts, as they can do the work for you and provide advice on how you should proceed with your insurance company.

3. Evaluate the Damage
Once you and all home occupants are safe, try to observe the damaged areas. If you can, take photos of the damages. These can help you receive the highest possible return from your insurance to repair your home.

4. Notify Your Insurance
It's important to call your insurance company immediately after assessing the damage and working with a residential restoration company. Communicate with them exactly what happened, where most of the damage is, and if there are parts of your home that are exposed to the outside.

Dealing with a disaster in your home doesn't have to be stressful. At Menold, we strive to make your situation better, no matter how bad it may look. Whether it's fire damage, water damage, or mold growth, our residential restoration experts will act quickly to restore your home and your life. Call us today at 877-636-6537 or visit us online for more information about how we can help.
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