Severe storms of one type or another can happen pretty much anywhere in the country. It is wise to have an understanding of the disasters that your area is prone to and have a plan of action in place for what steps to take if storm damage happens to your home. You don’t need to have been a boy or a girl scout to understand the value of being prepared, so educating yourself and having a plan are critical to getting back to normal. Here are the steps you should take after storm damage:
- Focus first on safety – There are any number of storm damage situations that can prove dangerous to your family. Take a quick inventory to check for broken glass, downed power lines, electrical shorts, gas leaks, and security shortcomings.
- Handle emergency repairs – It is a common misconception that you have to wait for the insurance adjuster before getting started with storm damage repairs. While you should hold off on permanent repairs, do take necessary steps to minimize damage. What you can and should do is cover broken windows and put tarps up to reduce water damage and secure your property.
- Take photos of the storm damage – Assuming that your home is safe to move about in, take photos of any damage so you have it in hand for the insurance company.
- Contact your insurance company and a storm damage repair professional – The reason we list these two together is because your storm damage repair professional can assist you through the insurance process and may even be able to take care of the insurance claim for you.
If you have experienced storm damage at your home, at Covenant Roofing and Construction, we definitely recommend you put safety first. Give us a call to obtain an honest evaluation of the storm damage and let us work on your behalf with your insurance company to get your life back to normal as soon as possible. Call today to learn more.