The daffodils are poking their heads up through the soil, the trees are starting to bud, and the birds are back, but there’s something about Spring that feels raw. As if anything could happen. And unfortunately, sometimes it does.
Windstorms and tornadoes can cause much damage, leaving homeowners scrambling to put their lives back together. From uprooted trees to broken windows, a lot can go wrong.
But don’t despair! Help has arrived. Here’s what you must do after storm damage:
Survey the Damage:
The first thing you need to do is take a step back and survey all the damage. It can be overwhelming, but it’s essential to get an idea of the extent of the damage. It will help you prioritize what needs to be fixed first.
Some key areas that you must assess are:
The Roof: Look for any missing or damaged shingles. Denting or missing gutters can also indicate that your roof needs some attention.
The Windows: Broken windows are a common occurrence during storms. Not only do they let in water and debris, but they can also be a safety hazard.
The Siding: Examine the structure of your home for any gaps, cracks, or loose panels. If these are not fixed, you could endanger the structural stability of your property.
The Foundation: Look for any cracks or settling. These can be indicative of more severe problems that should be addressed by a professional.
Insurance Covered or Not:
Mainly, home insurance covers exterior storm damage. If you have a separate policy for wind or hail, that will likely cover the cost of repairs as well. If unsure, it’s always best to call your insurance company. They can help you determine what is and isn’t covered by your policy.
Meanwhile, start documenting the damage by taking pictures and keeping receipts for any repairs you make. It will be of use when it comes time to file a claim.
Don’t Wait to Begin Repairs:
The sooner you begin making repairs, the better. Whether you have a basement doused in water or a tree through your living room, the first step is always to stop any further damage from occurring.
For example, if you have a broken window, you’ll want to board it up or replace it as soon as possible. If you don’t react promptly, the water and pests may cause more harm.
Similarly, roof damage should be addressed as soon as possible. A tarp can help prevent water damage until you’re able to make repairs.
Find Temporary Accommodation:
If you feel your property’s damage is too extensive to remain on-site, look for a place to stay temporarily. You may be able to find a hotel or rental property willing to give you a discount due to your circumstances.
If you’re out of options, stay with family or friends until your home is repaired. Ensure everyone is on the same page about how long you’ll be staying to avoid overstaying your welcome.
Contact Storm Restoration Specialists:
While you may want to take care of repairs quickly, it’s often best to leave storm damage restoration to the professionals. They have the experience and equipment needed to get the job done right.
HT Roofing & Construction has experience in storm restoration.
Let us bring your home in Lee’s Summit to normal as soon as possible. We’ll work with your insurance provider to guarantee you receive the required coverage.