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4 Tips on what to do if your house or vehicle is affected or damaged by rain

While Cape Town gets most of its rainfall over the winter months and the Gauteng region its rain over summer, Mother Nature can surprise citizens with rainfall at any time.

While rainfall is a blessing, Marius Steyn, Personal Lines Underwriting at Santam, says wet weather warnings should prompt people to check their insurance is up to date. “The typical things that people claim for are water damage to buildings, e.g. walls, ceilings, carpets, laminated or wooden flooring and built-in cupboards; wind damage to roofs, facia boards, and gutters; and flooding of buildings. Often consumers don’t know what to do when their goods or property is affected or damaged.”  

The claims process varies depending on the insurer. Below, Santam provides four common tips to keep in mind when starting a claim process:

  1. Know your rights and responsibilities by reviewing your insurance policy
  2. Check whether your policy covers the damage you’re dealing with
  3. Ensure you know the deadline for filing a claim
  4. Speak to your intermediary to make sure you are not underinsured, especially if the amount of your claim is less than the valuation of the repairs

Prevention is also always better than cure and Steyn shares the following additional tips to protect your home and your car.

Protect Your Home

  • Continue to clear gutters and storm water drains of debris to ensure less chance of overflow that could lead to water push backs and potential water damage.
  • Inspect the roof regularly and be vigilant about maintaining it. A poorly maintained roof could render an insurance claim illegitimate.
  • Keep trees and shrubs trimmed to prevent branch or debris damage to a home.
  • Secure outdoor furniture or move it under cover.
  • Ensure that your home and household contents are insured for the correct replacement value.

Protect Your Car

  • Ensure that your wiper blades are in good working order
  • Tyres are correctly inflated and have thread within legal parameters
  • Prevent unnecessary driving in adverse weather conditions

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