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Disaster Restoration Specialists Stand Ready to Help Connecticut Hurricane Victims Recover
ServiceMaster Clean offers 10 ways to get things back to normal following a hurricane.
Prospect, CT (October 30, 2012)—As area residents begin the long recovery process following Hurricane Sandy, ServiceMaster Clean franchises in the Northeast are braced to assist hurricane victims contain and reduce water damage. ServiceMaster Clean has been helping people get their lives back on track following such catastrophes for more than 60 years and has the recovery programs in place to restore peace of mind.
“When disaster strikes your home or business, all you want to do is get your life back to normal…fast,” says Pete Duncanson, director of training and technical support for ServiceMaster Clean. “And our local service technicians are trained to respond immediately, because damage from water and bacteria growth can begin within hours.”
As the experts in disaster restoration, the professionals from ServiceMaster Clean recommend doing the following after hurricane or tropical storm:
CHECK TO SEE IF YOUR HOME IS SAFE
Make sure your home is structurally safe, and be extremely careful inside your home. Debris may be hazardous, and the potential for collapse may exist. If your home is unlivable, find out what living expenses your policy may cover.
BE VERY CAREFUL WITH POWER
Do not turn the power on if there is flooding in the home. Be sure to have a professional electrician check the property first. And do not light any matches until gas lines are checked for leaks. It is best to have plenty of flashlights and fresh batteries upon your return.
STORE AWAY IMPORTANT ITEMS
Keep in a waterproof container such important items as your current identification (passport, driver’s license, Social Security card, etc.), insurance policies, financial information, wills, checkbook, keys and cash. You may need a photo ID to pass through checkpoints before being allowed access to your home/neighborhood.
REPORT PROPERTY DAMAGE
Immediately report property damage to your insurance agent in order to get the recovery process started.
DOCUMENT THE DAMAGE
Videotape or take photos of the damaged areas and prepare a detailed inventory of all damaged or destroyed personal property. Canceled checks, invoices, receipts or other papers will assist the adjuster in obtaining the value of the destroyed property. Be sure to have two copies of everything–one for yourself and one for the adjuster.
REPAIR WHAT YOU CAN
Make whatever repairs are possible to protect from further damage. Cover broken windows, damaged roofs and walls to prevent further destruction. Save all receipts for supplies and materials you purchase, as your insurance company will reimburse you for reasonable temporary fixes.
WATCH OUT FOR SCAM ARTISTS
Beware of fly-by-night inspectors and repairmen. Be sure that the people you are considering to check gas lines, uprooted trees and plumbing are properly licensed. You can also see whether any complaints have been filed against your prospects through the Better Business Bureau.
LET CREDITORS KNOW IF YOU CAN’T PAY
If your home is unlivable, be sure to inform your local utility so it will not bill you. Also inform credit card companies and other creditors if you are unable to pay in order to work out a reasonable plan for both parties.
ASSIST THE CLAIMS ADJUSTER
Be prepared to respond as timely as possible to the adjuster assigned to your case. For smaller losses, the claims process should go faster than for situations where there are extensive damages.
LOOK FOR TAX BREAKS
Enlist a trusted tax expert to help identify breaks you may entitled to because of your losses.
ServiceMaster Clean is not only prepared to respond to disasters when Mother Nature strikes, but it is also ready to help when there’s a fire, water leak or other mechanical malfunction in your home or business. The company’s local service operations throughout the country are trained, equipped and ready to restore your property after any disaster, from water in the basement to fire and smoke damage in the lobby. The company will dry and clean everything from documents to carpet, to help you avoid mold problems later. And ServiceMaster Clean handles jobs as large as your entire office building or as small as a single room in your home.
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