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Can A Home In Augusta Inventory Help If You Need Water Removal Services?

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged home If you need help with water removal, give SERVPRO of Augusta South / Burke & Wilkes Counties a call at (706) 843-1990.

Home Inventory Matters For Augusta Homeowners Seeking Water Removal Services

Many people living in Augusta have experienced the frustration of water seeping onto a carpet or into an attic. There are lots of ways for water to enter your home, from broken gutters to leaking appliances, or even tree roots interfering with water lines.

When it comes to water removal in Augusta, residents are naturally worried about their precious possessions. Some items, such as family memorabilia, are irreplaceable, while others such as iPhones or iPads will not fare well if they get wet. Some furniture and clothing can be salvaged from water damage if you take action quickly enough.

How does a home inventory help?

For most homeowners, there comes the point where they have to liaise with their insurance provider about getting compensation for damaged goods. Having a home inventory helps immensely in the case of water removal. After all, if an insurance person asked you to list your possessions right now, could you do it? Most people cannot recall everything they own. A home inventory makes it easy to talk to insurers, and also helps you discuss the situation with the SERVPRO team when they arrive.

Keeping an inventory makes it much easier for you to assess what has been lost or damaged, and how much it was worth.

What should a home inventory include?

A home inventory is a list of everything in your home and its value (if you do not know the exact amount you can make an educated best guess.) For example, your list should include:

    •    All of your appliances including kitchen appliances, washers and dryers, and phones and tablets
    •    Your clothes and shoes and also accessories such as jewelry
    •    Entertainment items such as books and DVDs
    •    Personal items such as photo albums and keepsakes
    •    All your furniture

Do not forget about miscellaneous items such as knick-knacks, storage boxes, children's' toys, home office supplies, kitchen utensils, and anything stored in your attic or basement.

What is the best way to get started?

Making a full inventory can seem daunting, so we suggest you start small. Pick one single area of your home and begin there. For example, SERVPRO advises you to start with a kitchen cupboard, or a shelf in your closet, or a collection of similar items such as all your books.

If you pick one small area, you will finish it quickly, and that will motivate you to move on to the next area. You will have a full inventory before you know it!

What sort of information should I keep in the future?

It is a good idea to add new items to your inventory as soon as you purchase them. That way, you keep on top of your list and do not have to face adding scores of items at a time. When you buy a new thing for yourself or your home you should take note of:

    •    What you bought
    •    The make or brand, and the model if applicable
    •    How much you paid
    •    A description of the item
    •    The serial number if it's an electronic item

When you are completing your home inventory, try to add all of those details for the items you already own, to the best of your ability. When you purchase a new item, be sure to note down all these details in your inventory. The best way to store your list is in a spreadsheet on your computer or the cloud – keep regular backups that you can access even if something happens to your device.

Should I tell my SERVPRO technicians about my inventory?

Your inventory can help you communicate with your SERVPRO of Augusta South / Burke & Wilkes Counties team. If your SERVPRO technicians need to talk with your insurance adjuster, your inventory will help facilitate that conversation. If our team needs to work in a room with easily damaged items or electronics, your list can help us know what to look out for.

You can rest assured our team will be mindful of every item on your inventory. We use a range of extractors, wands, pumps, air movers, and dehumidifiers to remove water and dry your home and belongings. Every water removal project begins with an assessment of your home and the damage. Our team will put together a water removal plan that is perfectly suited to the situation.

If any of your belongings require further cleaning, you will be relieved to know that our teams have a wide range of spot cleaning solutions, extract and rinse technology, and foggers at their disposal. We remove water, dry out your home and belongings, and deodorize to get rid of any lingering damp smells and leave your house “Like it never even happened.”

If you need help with water removal, give SERVPRO of Augusta South / Burke & Wilkes Counties a call at (706) 843-1990.

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