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Tips for Recovering After a Hurricane

The City of Katy and the surrounding Houston area were hit hard by Hurricane Harvey: the first major hurricane to make landfall in the area since 2005. Now that the waters have receded and residents returned to their homes to assess the damage caused by storm activity and the aftermath, the degree of loss and long list of imminent repairs can become overwhelming. How you choose to deal with the replacement of lost items, and who you partner with to make any necessary repairs is vital to the health and safety of your home and family. The team of experienced, licensed, professionals at BVS are here to help, providing expert service, installation, replacement, and repairs relating to all your HVAC needs.

Here is a list of tips to help you recover after a hurricane, to restore order to your home, and provide a safe, healthy environment for your family. 

Safety First

The safety of your family is paramount after a storm, and a number of dangers can remain long after the storm has passed. Protect your family by being aware of the potential for injury or illness regarding the following:

  • Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters, which may be deeper than they appear, with enough force to carry a person or vehicle.
  • Don’t touch downed power lines, or any appliances that are in standing water.
  • If you smell gas inside your home, evacuate immediately and call your gas company.
  • Ensure water is safe to drink before consuming.
  • Do not attempt to relight fuel burning appliances. Contact the experienced professionals at BVS to inspect them for damage, and relight pilot lights if needed.
  • Keep the electricity off if your home has sustained water damage, until it has passed a safety inspection.

Create Visual Records

Use your camera or smartphone to record the condition and contents of your home. Methodically travel through each room in your home opening doors, drawers, and cabinets before moving on. If your home sustained flooding, take a picture of the water line with a measuring tape or ruler clearly showing the depth in each room in your home. Take as many photos and as much video as you can, and upload files to the cloud for security.

Document & Itemize

Start a binder, and begin collecting receipts for any and all purchases made after you return home, and print out hard copies of any forms filled out online for claims or purchases. Make itemized lists of items that were destroyed or discarded, including groceries, and photograph items prior to disposal.

Prioritize Repairs

Take care of urgent items first, such as water or tree removal, or roof repair, and beware of scams for home repairs, donations, and identity theft. Trust your HVAC repairs and replacement to the experts at BVS. Our family owned and operated business has been serving the communities surrounding Katy and Sealy for over 30 years, and we are a trusted name in HVAC repair, service, maintenance, and installation.

Call BVS for HVAC Repair Services in Katy, TX

BVS offers 24/7 emergency repair services to restore service and comfort to your home, safely and efficiently. Our dedication to consistency and excellence in service, and our commitment to safety have helped us earn our stellar reputation in the West Houston area. We hire only the best, and all our technicians undergo stringent screening and background checks.  

Call BVS today at 281-391-1510 or contact us online to schedule an appointment for service. 

Author Bio:

Ronald Via

Ronald is one of the key contributors to BVS Home Experts, a family-owned and operated full-service air conditioning and heating company serving the Katy and West Houston areas. With a deep understanding of air conditioning and heating concerns, Ronald brings a wealth of knowledge to our readers.

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