When unexpected damages occur to your home and your emotions are running high, it is important to remember that time is of the essence. Your first priority after reporting any claim is to immediately curtail any further damage to your property. If the damage is substantial, make sure to ask your insurance carrier if using a disaster restoration company is the best option to help you during the recovery/claims process. If approved, most restoration companies will work directly with your carrier to make sure you recapture your peace of mind.
In part three of a three part series, here is some practical advice from the team over at ServiceMaster Clean Restoration on what to do when mitigating vandalism damage to your home.
Emergency Damage Control Tips: Vandalism
What NOT to Do:
- Do not use household cleaning products on fabrics, upholstery, or carpets.
- Do not attempt to remove chemical stains, including ink or paint.
- Do not operate damaged electrical appliances.
What to Do:
- Make a list of all damage while taking detailed photos for documentation.
- Keep the receipts for all of your costs during the recovery process.
- Fast action is most likely required to prevent further damage. If approved, call a professional.
- Use a shop vacuum to remove glass particles from carpet and upholstery.
- Remove any debris from carpet or interior walls. Scrape or blot carpets and furniture – do NOT rub.
- Wash any egg or other residues from the building exterior using water.
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