Dealing with a Flooded Building
Important Information to Property Owner
In an effort to help keep you and your family safe from harm and fraud, the City of Pearland would like to remind residents of tips and information if your home was flooded and/or damaged during Tropical Storm Harvey. If your gas meter or electrical outlets were submerged in floodwaters be cautious when turning on the natural gas or the electricity. We highly recommend that you call a licensed plumber and/or licensed electrician to inspect the natural gas and/or the electrical system in your home as soon as possible to ensure everything is safe. If you suspect any structural damage to your home, please call a professional or structural engineer to verify the structural integrity of your home.
The City of Pearland will be waving permit fees for Harvey-related repairs. Please note only the fee will be waived and permits are still required for all work that would normally require a permit. Some repair work will not require a permit such as painting, replacing your carpet, repairing sheet rock damage or repairing a fence. If you or your contractor are not sure if a permit will be required please call 281.652.1638 and someone will assist you. Contractors are required to be registered with the City of Pearland before they can pull permits and must show proof of having at least $300,000 worth of liability insurance with electricians having to show proof of at least $1 million worth of liability insurance in order to be registered.
Last but not least, be wary of unscrupulous contractors. They will be coming to our area in order to take advantage of those needing repairs to their properties. There is no full proof way to protect yourself from fraud but there are several things you can do to help prevent yourself from becoming a victim. When at all possible, use contractors with established companies or who have been recommended by a trusted source. Be wary of contractors who want all or a large portion of the money for the job upfront. Carefully read all contract documents before signing them and, when required by the City, make sure that a permit is pulled by the contractor. Permits are required to be posted at your home or business before any work begins.
If you have any questions, please call us at 281.652.1638. We are here for you.