Damage Storms Can Cause
Big storms can be dangerous, and you need to focus on safety. If your neighborhood has seen a lot of damage, use caution. If you the risk of flooding or structural damage, stay out until a professional says it’s safe. Spending a few nights at a friend’s house or in an emergency shelter is a small price to pay.
Once the storm has passed, it’s necessary to check out the damage and get started with cleanup and restoration. Below, learn about the harm different storm systems can cause and how to keep your property, and yourself, safe in different situations.
Storm Damage Insurance
Coverage varies based on your neighborhood, the specifics of your policy, the extent of damage and additional factors.
First, document the damage to your structure to the best of your ability. Take a lot of photos and be sure to hang on to any receipts and documents regarding appliances, maintenance work and more. Then, get in touch with a restoration contractor and your insurance agent. Your insurer will send a person to assess the damage. The best restoration contractors work directly with policy providers to help you save money.
Storm Damage Scenarios
- Winter Storms: Blizzards can collapse roofs, break branches and power poles, and more.
- Hail Damage: Major hail storms can bend and crack shingles and siding, causing hidden leaks and compounding damage.
- Flood Damage: Flood water can seep into foundations, ruin drywall, carpet and framing, lead to mold growth and more.
- Damage from Wind Storms: This can rip off siding, shingles and even whole roofs, lead to broken windows, damage landscaping and electric systems and cause other problems.
- Tornado and Tropical Storm Damage: Circular wind storms can cause serious damage to all parts of your property, like catastrophic damage to roofs, windows, siding and landscaping.
Seek Out a Professional Contractor
It’s vital to repair any damage as quickly as possible, but the risk of danger is high. Before you try making repairs yourself, work with your home insurer and hire a fully licensed and bonded contractor with credentials from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Get in touch with us for specifics.