Tuesday, March 15, 2022

A Quick 4-Point Plan to Helping Your Home After Storm Damage


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If you experience a flood in the home, it's one of the most devastating things you can ever go through. But knowing what to do after storm damage can make a big difference, not just to what happens to the home but to your peace of mind, and can take comfort in the fact that you've done everything you can. So let's show you some important practices that you can use after a storm hits.

Check the Extent of the Damage

After the storm has passed, you need to check the home to see the extent of the damage. You've got to bear in mind that there could be some slippery areas, broken electrical lines, and exposed floorboards or ceiling tiles. It's a good idea to watch out for any hazards and avoid any standing water, especially if any nearby power lines have gone down. It's important to defer to any water damage restoration experts so you can bypass most of the hazards. Additionally, any heavy winds and rain may create physical hazards like collapsed roofing or walls. If you smell any gas like carbon monoxide, shut off the main gas line, open the windows, and stay outside.

Assess the Damage

You will need to get in contact with the insurance provider, but first, you need to take pictures of the damage itself. Assessing the damage is crucial and there are several areas of your home that are most vulnerable to storm damage. These include the roof and any windows and doors that are vulnerable to wind damage or flying debris. You need to inspect for any cracks, holes, or damaged frames. When there is damage to the roof, you will notice leaks in the roof or the ceiling, and missing broken or dented shingles.

Contact Your Insurance Provider

If you have insurance, you will need to get compensation if you've been damaged by a storm. The process of filing a home insurance claim may be daunting, especially if you have extensive damage, but it is their goal to ensure you restore your home as quickly as possible. Your insurance provider will usually coordinate the work that needs to be done. But when you call to make a claim, you need to document as much of the loss you've experienced as a result of the storm. Before you remove any items from the home, take photos of the damage and document any additional costs that you may incur.

Preventing Additional Damage

When you are ready to start repairing everything, you need to look at what you can fix by yourself. Most of the time the storm will have not damaged everything completely, so there will be aspects you can restore with repairs. If you can repair some of the damage, you should get to it right away before you speak to any professional repair services. Any immediate repairs can also serve the benefit of preventing additional damage. For example, boarding up the window will prevent further damage to the property and give you additional peace of mind. 

It's not easy, but this is a quick 4-point plan that you can follow to the letter to make sure that you can repair your home to the best of your ability.