Documents Damaged From Flood
Home and Business owners know that throughout our lives we amass many important pieces of paper, from birth certificates to insurance policies. Many people don't keep our personal effects as neatly as we would like. At times life is just too busy to worry about filing. However, in the event of flood damage, it is all too easy to lose valuable documents or, even worse, find the flood waters have ruined them.
SERVPRO recommends all home and business owners take steps right now to protect their papers from flood damage. Once a natural disaster hits, it is too late to take action. Plan now so you don't lose valuable information in the event of a flood.
The first step is keeping all your relevant documents together. Gather all your records, certificates, policies and more, and put them all in one watertight lock box. In the event of a natural disaster, you can grab the box in seconds.
It's also a good idea to create backups of everything. You might keep a set of photocopies in another box in a different location. Alternatively, you might scan all your necessary documents and keep the files on CD or a USB drive. Always keep your electronic copies separate from the originals. Some people use a bank safe deposit box for their originals or keep their electronic copies in the home of a trusted friend or relative.
Keep all your most vital information in a secure box, including your birth certificate, marriage certificate, social security documents, medical documents, driver’s license, passport, home paperwork, insurance, tax records, stocks and bonds, and your will and retirement plan. It is also a good idea to keep treasured items that cannot be replaced, such as your favorite recipes, or children's' artwork or photographs.
Our IICRC-certified technicians are available to help with post-flood cleanup. We can freeze dry water-damaged papers for later restoration. We also extract water, dry your home, and deodorize after.
For help with flood cleanup in North Central Arkansas and surrounding areas call SERVPRO of Baxter, Boone, Fulton & Marion Counties at (866) 445-8457 today.