Rain, wind, and hail can do an unbelievable amount of damage to your home in a short amount of time. Any exterior part of your home—including the windows, doors, roof, porch, or deck—is subject to serious storm damage. After ensuring your family is safe, what are the next steps following a storm to make sure your home is fixed quickly and your insurance company has a detail of the damage? Below, let’s take a closer look at what to do following a storm.
● Document the Damage
If a big storm is on the radar, and you can safely take photographs, it is a good idea to have some before pictures of your home as a starting reference point.
If there is damage: Following the storm, take photographs of anything that has been damaged. It is a good idea to take multiple pictures in varying lights. Sometimes it may be useful to position an object of well-known size to give size reference to a hole or crack. This is all important for the insurance company who will needed to assess repair costs.
● Secure Your Home
If a storm has left your home susceptible to more damage, it’s a good idea to secure as much of your home as possible. This can be as simple as laying a tarp over areas where rainwater can enter your home, or hiring a contractor to clean up any downed tree limbs or repair damage to the structure of your house. Be sure you are not leaving your home open to even more damage if another storm is in the immediate future.
Of course, if there is ever a question of safety, it’s best to let the professionals step in. Consider moving temporarily to an emergency shelter. Sometimes downed power lines, standing water, or mold can create a very unsafe environment.
● File an Insurance Claim
Every policy for homeowner insurance is different. People’s deductibles vary, and the amount of damage that is covered changes from person to person. Additionally, many home insurance policies do not cover flood damage. Having a contractor who knows the ins and outs of insurance can be helpful when getting your home repaired.
At C&T Siding we work with the insurance companies to make sure you are repaid all financial dues owed to you.
Mother Nature is able to release amazing power in the form of storms. Wind, rain, and hail can do unbelievable damage to your home. After making sure your home is secure and your loved ones are safe, the next step is finding a professional to make sure your home is repaired.
At C&T Siding, we specialize in repairing your home following a storm. We can help repair your roof, deck, porch, windows, or doors that have suffered storm damage. We help work with your insurance company to make sure you are repaid for the damages. To learn more about how we can help, contact our team today.