Steps to Rebuild After Storm Damage
Storms are the most common hazard in this country. According to the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), there were 22 weather-related disasters across America last year where damages exceeded $1 billion each.
If you’ve experienced property damage in a storm, after making sure you and your family are safe, it’s time to start thinking about storm damage repair. Here are some useful tips for how to rebuild after a storm.
Storm Damage Restoration: 4 Steps to Take to Restore the Damage to Your Home
1. Check and Review the Extent of the Damage
After the storm has passed, it’s important to check your home immediately to know the extent of the flood or water damage due to the storm. Remember to document as much of the storm damage as you can (in pictures and video) while making a comprehensive home inventory list for your insurance company.
While doing so, be careful of the following:
- Slippery areas
- Exposed broken or live electrical wires (especially near standing water)
- Loose floorboards
- Hanging or leaking ceilings
- Broken glass
If you suspect carbon monoxide leakage, shut off the main supply line immediately and open all your windows. Then, go outside and call your gas company and the emergency services.
2. Make Emergency Repairs
Fixing your home or property damage is important, and you should be careful in choosing which repairs to do first. It is important to hire a professional right away such as Integrity Restoration. Integrity will come out as soon as possible and cover broken windows, parts of the roof with plastic or tarps to avoid further wind damage, cover a leaky gas line or water pipe to limit water damage, and board up broken doors with boards immediately.
Don’t undertake much more than the emergency storm damage repair discussed above. Your claims adjuster will need to assess the damages to help you get the best insurance claim offer.
3. File an Insurance Claim
After natural disasters, contact your insurer early on to ensure that they get all the information they need on the damage. It is important to file an accurate and timely claim to avoid problems down the line with denial of water, wind, or flood damage coverage, which is often overseen by multiple insurance companies.
4. Choose the Right Restoration Company to Repair Your Home
Be sure to hire a professional storm damage restoration contractor as soon as possible after a storm before more of your belongings become damaged beyond repair. This damage occurs due to excessive moisture buildup – which could also lead to dangerous health issues like respiratory illnesses and allergies.
A professional storm damage restoration company like Integrity Restoration & Remodeling Contractors is here to help you every step of the way. We have a proven record of accomplishment when it comes to repairing storm damage over our 18 years in business. We know the best and most efficient ways to restore your home after a major weather disaster.
We’re ready 24/7/365 days a year: once disaster strikes, there’s no waiting period before we start working hard at restoring your home so you can live in it again. Get in touch today at (770) 966-9987 to get your free estimate for storm damage repair or contact us here.