While cable news may have moved on from the Houston floods, Houston has not. Flood recovery isn’t measured in days, or weeks, and sometimes even months; some homeowners are still recovering from the 2015 Memorial Day floods. With that in mind, we put together a few tips for homeowners—and apartment dwellers—who are still experiencing difficulties from the most recent storms.
GHBA Disaster Recovery Resources
We shared the GHBA Disaster Recovery Resources page with you in a previous blog post, but it bears re-sharing for those in search of information on flood recovery. Find links to other disaster recovery websites, information on how to find a trustworthy contractor after a storm, step-by-step instructions on emergency preparation, and more.
Flood insurance—do you have it? Do you need it? A regular renter’s or homeowner’s policy does not cover damage caused by flooding; separate flood insurance is required. The Texas Water Development Board has an informative page with information on the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) that outlines how the program works, and how you can participate.
Even if you didn’t experience any damage from the storm-related floods this year, now is a good time to check in with your insurance agent or carrier to see if you have sufficient coverage to protect you in the future.
Warranties and Waiting Periods
It takes patience and persistence to move forward after a flood. Insurance claims and flood assistance can take time, and even finding a contractor can be a challenge when hundreds of other homeowners are clamoring for repair work.
One thing that can speed up your repair and recovery period post-flood is being organized and knowledgeable about product warranties. For example, if you have Wood-Mode cabinets you enjoy excellent protection under their warranty, and even if your damaged cabinets are in a discontinued finish, Wood-Mode (and Brookhaven) can match your existing cabinetry exactly; that means you only have to worry about replacing unsalvageable cabinets—a money and time saver.
If you are recovering from storm and flood damage, we encourage you to visit the City of Houston Disaster Recovery Home Repair Program, Texas Gulf Coast Red Cross, and The Gulf Coast Center websites for additional information and assistance. To learn more about how you can enjoy unsurpassed quality and warranty protection with Wood-Mode, visit our new showroom at The Shoppes at Memorial Villages today. Don’t forget to stay connected with Cabinets & Designs on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Houzz!