Common Summer Hazards: Public Adjusters Provide the Assist

The summer is not yet over and there are still many hazards around the home that could pose a threat to you and your family. Your home is supposed to be a place to feel safe and secure. However, there are a few seasonal dangers that can catch you off guard and cause damage to your home. As a public adjuster for the Twin Cities, we are all too familiar with these types of hazards and would like to provide a rundown of what they are and help offer awareness. But, in the unfortunate event that something does occur, call a public adjuster for assistance. We can help take away a lot of the stress you are experiencing. If one of these events were to befall your home, and you need to make a claim with your insurance company, we can help you deal with the legwork associated with filing such a claim. Take a look at these hazards below and try to avoid letting them become a problem in your home.

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Overworked Electrical Systems

This time of year a lot more appliances are plugged in at a time. During the dog days of summer, additional strain from AC units can potentially cause outages, blackouts and even shorts. More appliances combined with soaring temperatures increases the chance for a short circuit, thus creating the danger of a house fire.

Outdated Air Conditioners

We all use air conditioners in the summer. However, many units are either dirty or not up to date. This can not only cause poor air quality but high energy costs and fire hazards as well. Make sure your AC is cleaned or serviced at least once a year and that your filters are replaced often.

Relaxed Home Security

When you’re spending more time outdoors, windows and doors can be left open. When you open your home to the fresh air you also need to make sure you’re not opening it up to unwanted guests. Property crimes increase during the summer months so make sure you are keeping your household secure.

Flooding

This time of year, summer rains can flood basements and homes and even damage appliances. Floods can cause a lot of damage so keep your eye on the weather and make sure your home, including the roof and basement is prepared for heavy rains.

Don’t allow any of these summer hazards to put a damper on your plans. And, if you do find yourself in the undesirable position of having to deal with your insurance company alone, hire our public adjuster in the Twin Cities area. Call Norcia Insurance Consultants at 866-512-LOSS (5677), or you can contact us to set up your Free Consultation.

Severe Weather Prep & When to Call an Insurance Adjuster

In Wisconsin and Minnesota, severe weather makes its appearance often. And, as an insurance adjuster for Wisconsin and the surrounding areas, we have seen our fair share of damage to homes and property. Much of this damage comes from severe weather, like storms and tornadoes. So, we’d like to provide you with ways in which to prepare for an event such as this, including when it’s time to call an insurance adjuster for help.

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When the worst happens and your home sustains damage from a storm, fire or another unexpected event, it is an incredibly stressful time. You might think that you can handle the insurance claims process on your own. However, you should keep in mind that your insurance company is always going to be looking out for its own interests first. But, before you contact an insurance adjuster, here is what you can do to keep you, your family and your property safe:

Have a Plan

Make sure everyone in your family knows where to meet in the event you are separated and what to do in case of severe weather. You should also have a safe area of your home in case of a tornado. This room should be underground if possible and windowless. If this is not available, try to get to a bathroom and into a shower stall or bathtub. Stay there until an all clear sign or until someone comes to get you.

Keep Emergency Supplies

Included in your emergency kit should be a flash light, batteries, a battery-operated radio, gallons of water, canned food and a first aid kid including band-aids, gauze, hand sanitizer, thermometer and medical tape. Also have a list of emergency contacts and medical insurance cards.

Keep an Eye on the Weather

Always make sure your car has plenty of gas in the event your area is ordered to evacuate. Also, sign up for text message alerts.

When to Call Your Insurance Adjuster

Once it is safe and everyone in your household has been accounted for, take a walk around to your home to see what damage has been done. Take any notes or photos if possible. Call your insurance adjuster to help with your insurance claim once all emergencies are taken care of.

Call on Norcia and their team of insurance adjusters to help you with every aspect of your insurance claim. We can handle the paperwork, documentation and fight to get you the amount you are entitled to for your damages.

Call on us at the first sign of damage to your home. It would also be a good idea to get a hold of us at the moment you start seeing red flags from your insurance company.

Do you want more information on how to hire an insurance adjuster in the Twin cities? Call Norcia Insurance Consultants at 866-512-LOSS (5677) or you can contact us to set up your Free Consultation.

Insurance Disputes and How to Get the Help You Need

Having homeowners insurance is meant to relieve financial stress after damage to your home, right? But often, a claim settlement is denied or falls short of your expectations. And, either of these events can leave you very frustrated. Not only are you worried about the health and well-being of your loved ones and emergency repairs, but dealing with your insurance company can add to the stress leading to feelings of being overwhelmed. Dealing with your insurance company is no easy task. When you need help with insurance disputes in the Twin Cities, it is essential you enlist the experts for assistance. Insurance disputes about the nature of your claim can arise for many reasons; whether they be the fine print buried in your policy or debates over the actual cost of fixing your home.

insurance disputesSo, when you believe you may be getting a poor deal, the experts at Norcia Insurance Consultants can help you understand your policy, speak directly with your insurance company and help settle any insurance disputes.

What are insurance disputes? An insurance dispute is a disagreement that arises about the amount due, the amount a company is willing to pay on a claim, or the nonpayment of a claim.

What to do in the case of insurance disputes. First, know your rights. The professionals at Norcia know all of the laws that dictate what insurance companies can and cannot do when it comes to bill collecting, settling claims and similar matters. Each state is a little different, but most states include the following regulations:

  • An insurance company cannot misrepresent your policy
  • They cannot use the appeal process to force their policyholders to settle for less than they are due
  • A company must acknowledge and process a claim promptly
  • Insurance companies cannot ask you for unnecessary forms in order to delay the process
  • A company must have a good reason to deny a claim
  • And many more

When you call Norcia Insurance Consultants, we can be your valuable resource in resolving any insurance disputes amicably. We work for you, not the insurance companies, and always have your best interest at heart.

When you educate yourself and have the experts by your side, your chances of resolving your insurance disputes are raised. Our job is to get you the full amount of insurance money you are entitled to. We will evaluate the damage, take pictures and video, analyze your insurance policy and to figure out how much money you should get.

Give us a call today and we can get to work for you! Ready to receive help with your insurance disputes in the Twin Cities? Call Norcia Insurance Consultants at 866-512-LOSS(5677) or you can contact us to Schedule a Free Consultation.

Public Insurance Adjusters Provide the Assist

Winter means cranking up the fireplace for so many Minnesotans! Nothing provides an earthier or more meaningful way to keep warm than the sentimental wood-burning chimney effort! The odor, the crackle, the trance-inducing fire, all of it adds up to you and yours frequently sitting around the fireplace to enjoy family time.

The fireplace is not all roses, sunshine and warmth. Often that and the overall chimney network can be hazards if not properly cared for and maintained from the cold to warm to cold parts of the year in an annual cycle. As public insurance adjusters in the Twin Cities, so many of your acquaintances, colleagues, family and friends have been assisted in the event of their home being victim to damage in the form of beyond desired chimney fire.

Being that the fireplace is something that is annually shut down only to be reawakened at a later date, you need to, once a year, right before or right after winter, have that chimney professionally inspected and cleaned. When a standard house-warming fire burns in your fireplace, creosote begins to form. It accumulates and builds up with each subsequent fire. This black and sticky flammable substance should be cleaned regularly to prevent it from igniting and causing a fire at a place with your chimney that you do not want it to be.

Make sure that the wood you are burning is dried and cured (Your logs need to be split, dried for 8 to 12 months). Stack these logs so that it has a cover on top of it, leaving openings on their sides to accomplish proper air flow. Do not utilize lumber scraps, construction scraps, painted wood or other pieces of treated wood. These types of wood could release harmful chemicals into your home, and it could affect the indoor air quality at your house. You can use starter logs to start the fire if you need to, but just be sure to use only one of them at a time since they burn very hot.

Always utilize the damper when your fireplace is not in use. This will help keep the warm air currently occupying your home from getting out. When actively burning a fire in the fireplace, make sure you keep the doors of the fireplace open to allow the heat of the fire to get into the room.

These helpful tips can eliminate a worst case scenario from unfolding within your home. No disaster equals not having to call on your insurance company. If you do find yourself in the undesirable position of having to deal with your insurance company alone, hire some public insurance adjusters in the Twin Cities area. Call Norcia Insurance Consultants at 866-512-LOSS (5677), or you can contact us to set up your Free Consultation.

Insurance Claims Management Specialists Save You Some Trouble

Once your home has been the victim of damage as a result of fire, flood or some other type of catastrophe, the sensation of being pulled in many different directions can be overwhelming. With so much to take care of in the aftermath of such—not to mention the stress—the waters often become muddied as far as what steps you should be taking. As insurance claims management specialists to Minnesota home owners, we would like to offer a few suggestions on what steps you should take.

The Documentation

Document every single possible issue that can be deemed a “loss”. Take a mountain of photographs and notes. Go room by room inside of the house, side by side on your home’s exterior. Take close-ups, zoom in. In cases of loss with regard to natural disaster in pursuit of recompense from your insurance company, it is far better to have way too much in the way of documentation than little at all.

The Fire Department

If you have even an ounce of concern over the safety of your property, call your local fire department. They will help you verify whether or not your home’s utilities are safe for use. They will also turn off your utilities if they are deemed unworthy of normal application.

The Home

If your home has taken on severe damage, board up your windows and doors. This will aid in the effort to prevent it from taking on even more damage, in addition to protecting the assets within. If you bring in a contractor to do such work, keep the receipt. You never know and keeping an accurate log of all transactions related to the disaster your home has endured will go a long way in aiding the insurance claims management process.

The Insurance Company

Get a hold of your insurance company as soon as is possible for you. You will want to provide them with every possible detail on the event that caused the damage, the damage sustained and all losses that have occurred. Ask your insurance company for a copy of the ACORD claim form so you that you can prove that an insurance claim was indeed filed. Do not hesitate to also get a hold of your mortgage company to inform them of the goings-on and inform them of any damage or loss.

For more information on insurance consultants in Minnesota, call Norcia Insurance Consultants at 866-512-LOSS (5677) or Schedule a Free Consultation.