Insurances and Water Damages
If SERVPRO of Ellis County isn’t your first call when you come home to discover the water heater has burst, then it is probably to your home insurance.
We work with various insurance companies, and in doing so have experience working with all types of adjusters and requirements to complete your job in a satisfactory manner.
It is important to be aware of a few things regarding insurance companies so you can efficiently navigate the often confusing world of water damages.
Forms and Paperwork
There are a few forms that need to be signed prior to beginning your water damage. These outline the expectations and protect all parties involved during the process.
Our forms include Authorization to Perform Services and Direction of Payment which is an agreement to perform water mitigation and also an agreeing upon who will be the paying party.
There is the Equipment Rental Agreement simply outlining that you will take care of (you can simply not touch it and be fine) the equipment that is rented and left on your property.
Finally, we have a Customer Information form that is simply gathering the best contact information and information regarding your house so we here in the office can contact you.
Your insurance, however, depending on who you are insured with, may have their own version of these forms and may have further forms that are required before we can start the job.
We understand you are anxious to begin mitigation services, and understanding these necessary forms is a huge step in expediting the process so we may begin.
Estimates and Pricing
When we are doing your water damage, you or your insurance may want an update on what the total costs are going to be. This is especially true if demolition is required and there will be a rebuild in the future.
A lot of factors go into the estimate and approval process when your job is going through an insurance agent/adjuster. At the end of the day, almost all demo and rebuilds have to first be approved by your insurance adjuster before we can begin this work. We do our best to get this all done in a timely manner by the ever-helpful administrators here in the office, but at times this may cause a slight delay in your job until we manage to get approved.
Sometimes the adjuster requires they be onsite to do measurements and observe the damages themselves before work can be approved. Sometimes adjusters need time to look over our estimates before they approve them. All of these are facts of life that we work with in order to complete your water job as soon as we can.
In regards to pricing and payment, insurance companies handle these in different ways. Some will send the agreed upon amount minus your deductible to you, the homeowner, and we will collect the payment from you directly. Others will mail us the check and require us to collect just your deductible. Even others will mail us the entirety of the payment and collect the deductible from you themselves.
Whatever the situation is, we will remain in contact with you and the adjuster to make sure we are all in agreement about the final bill.
Should you have a question regarding payment status after your job, the best person to contact is your insurance adjuster and ask them for that status.
Written by: Brendan Gillette