Immediate Steps to Take After Storm Damage
Unfortunately, inclement weather and powerful storms can be very destructive to your home and can cause extensive property damage. Storm damage restoration should always be left to the professionals, but there are some steps you can take immediately after storm damage has occurred to your home.
Step 1: Put yourself and your loved ones first
First make sure you, your family members, and pets are all safe, dry, and out of harm’s way. You want to steer clear of any fallen trees, downed power lines, or damaged roads. If storm flooding has occurred, and you live near a creek or river, keep in mind that flooding and overflow can continue to happen hours after the storm is over, so it’s important to move to higher ground as soon as possible.
Step 2: Contact your insurance company
Contact your insurance provider as soon as possible to learn about what your insurance policy covers in terms of storm damage. Usually, they will send out an insurance adjuster to assess the damage, take photos, and help you properly file a claim. However, water damage from a storm (i.e. flooding) is usually not covered by standard home insurance policies, so it’s important to find out your coverage.
Step 3: Assess and document
If you’re able to do so, safely walk your property and use your smartphone to properly take pictures and note all damages that you observe both inside and outside your home.
Exterior home damage after a storm may include:
- Damaged roof
- Water flooding into your home
- Fallen trees
- Broken windows or doorways
- Damaged siding or stucco
- Downed power lines
- Foundation cracks or leaks
Interior home damage after a storm may include:
- Standing water or flooding
- Cracks or leaks in the walls and other areas of the home
- Wet carpet and flooring
- Damaged drywall or paint
- Strange odors
These photos and details are important for your records and may be helpful for your insurance claim down the road.
Step 4: Leave the storm damage restoration to the professionals
If you’ve found your home damaged after a storm, it’s normal to want to fix everything yourself right away. During this stressful time, it’s best to let the professionals take care of you. A professional storm damage restoration company like Dry Kings Restoration will be able to properly assess the damages and begin the build-back process for your home as soon as possible.
We understand that storm damage may be extensive and more daunting than you expected, which is why we are here for you every step of the way. Call Dry Kings today and let us help get your home safely back to working order after a storm!