Should I File A Claim?
When faced with a water damage situation, either at home or commercially, one of the first questions to ask yourself is “Should I file a claim?” There are several reasons why this is an important factor to consider once you have the mitigation (cleanup) portion under control.
Of course, the first step with any water loss is to get help immediately to stop the source of the leak, BEFORE you mitigate the loss (get it cleaned up)! Call a team like SERVPRO of Atascadero/ Paso Robles even if the water is still flowing—we help get the source stopped/shut off until repairs can be completed to prevent further damage.
By not acting fast, secondary damage can result in mold issues which may or may not be covered by your insurance policy. In California, there are restrictions as to how much coverage will be offered for mold remediation. So regardless as to whether you decide to file a claim, it’s still of vital importance that you act fast. In fact, your insurance company might even try to use your lack of action against you and try to deny the claim because you waited too long & inadvertently caused more damage than otherwise would have been the case. So always pick up the phone and call a team like SERVPRO of Atascadero/ Paso Robles right away.
Once the leak is stopped, it’s time to mitigate the loss and then evaluate the situation to determine if it’s worth it to file a claim with your insurance carrier. In many cases, smaller water damage losses can and should be paid out of pocket to save you money in the long run. Unless it’s obvious that the claim is going to be a huge bill due to extensive damage, always take the time to weigh the pros & cons before you commit to filing a claim.
Don’t worry about having the work done before you call your carrier—they were going to tell you to get the work done ASAP anyway, and it’s YOUR CHOICE as the insured as to which vendor you choose to do the work.