Preventing Further Damage
After water, fire, smoke, or vandalism
damage to your home, your prompt action can minimize long-term damage.
The safe and simple steps listed in this brochure can assist you in
restoring your home to its pre-loss condition. Incorrect actions can
be costly mistakes. These "Do's" and "Don'ts" are listed for your
information and protection.
Under the terms of your insurance policy, it is the
responsibility of each property owner to take the necessary steps to prevent
additional damage as well as secure the property from being a hazard to the
public. People are often drawn to a damaged home through curiosity,
and led to believe that its contents have no value when this may not be the
Temporary Repairs to Prevent
Properly close and lock
(if possible) windows, doors, and any other openings that would allow
people free access.
Cover any opening in the
roof to protect your property against the elements.
In cold weather, if heat
cannot be restored to the structure immediately, drain all supply lines
and water heaters, blow out both hot and cold supply lines with air, put
anti-freeze in all sinks, toilet bowls, and tub raps to minimize the
possibility of additional water damage.
If moisture exists, every
effort should be made to remove it as quickly as possible.
The electricity should be
restored to the structure as quickly as possible by a qualified
Completely seal the
structure to avoid additional loss of heat during cold weather.
Make sure water heaters
are drained and turned off.