Hurricanes, blizzards, tornadoes, and thunderstorms are all chaotic acts of nature that can cause severe property damage and bodily harm. So, it is crucial to protect your home in the event of a serious natural disaster. However, it is impossible to be prepared for everything, so your home will likely experience some damage. Knowing what to do following a storm can make a huge difference. Let’s go over what to do after a major storm, as well as the potential safety hazards to watch out for.
Take Proper Safety Precautions
After a storm, your and your family’s safety should be the top priority. Before going out, check your local news for important information. Fallen trees and power lines, flooding, and excessive debris can make driving through populated areas a hazard. Also, if your home was hit by the storm, be careful walking around the house. Check for any leaks in the home or roof and have them repaired as soon as possible.
Rescue Any Important Belongings
If it is safe to do so, go through your home and save any necessary and meaningful items that you can. If your home has a lot of water damage, you may want to remove all items from the water, so they do not get damaged.
Assess the Damage to Your Home
Before you contact the insurance company, you must take pictures of all the damage your home suffered. Often, the insurance adjuster uses these pictures to assess the damage. There are many areas of your home that are most vulnerable to storm damage. Your roof is the most susceptible to heavy storm damage. Common signs of roof damage include:
- Holes in the roof
- Split seams
- Missing, broken, or dented shingles
- Leaks in your roof or ceiling
Windows and doors are also vulnerable to wind damage and flying debris. Check windows for cracks, holes, broken panes, and damaged frames. Be careful of shards of glass, and be sure to board up broken windows until they can be fixed.
Contact Your Insurance Provider
Once you have recorded the damage, contact your insurance provider with the pictures and the details. This process can sometimes be complicated, but don’t worry. A professional storm damage assessment team will help you settle any disputes with your insurance.
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