Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes are among the weather events that can inflict serious residential storm damage. If you recently experienced an incident that left behind missing shingles, torn siding, broken glass, and ruined landscaping, there are a few tasks to take care of before shopping for replacement windows and other building supplies. Below are tips to help streamline the post-storm repair process.
Take pictures and videos of the damage when it’s safe.
Capturing images and videos of punctured siding, warped decking, shattered windows, and other types of home damage is necessary for insurance purposes. However, you should wait until the storm passes to document the problems or until you get the go-ahead from the local government to return home if you’ve been staying elsewhere. Make sure to take pictures from multiple angles, and contact your insurance carrier immediately after. The sooner you file a claim, the sooner you can start the repairs.
Remove water-damaged items.
If part or most of your home is flooded because of a storm, you should remove as many belongings as you can, such as furnishings and items of sentimental value. Have your home inspected first, as you do not want to enter any areas with hanging live wires or wastewater that can result in electrocution injuries and bacteria exposure, respectively.
If removing water-damaged items is possible, wear tall, thick rubber boots and other protective gear, like work gloves. Open doors and windows to expedite the drying process.
Climb onto the roof to assess issues.
Binoculars allow you to check for roof damage from the safety of the ground. Climbing on top of the house risks severe injuries, as some sections of the covering might sag or feature water damage that makes them structurally unstable. Have a licensed roofing contractor inspect the roof instead. If the roof is leaking, these professionals can affix a tarp or similar temporary remedy until the insurance adjuster arrives to verify the damage.
Vacuum standing water with a regular vacuum.
Removing water with your standard vacuum can ruin the appliance and cause electrocution injuries. If it is safe to do so, you can use a wet-dry vacuum to eliminate standing puddles. However, professional water damage restoration services are best. Technicians have the gear, equipment, tools, and knowledge to thoroughly remove water and eliminate the threat of mold growth. If you suspect mold at any time, schedule testing services.
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