What to Do When Your Home Sustains Storm Damage
Act Fast To Prevent Water and Mold Damage
August 4, 2022
August 4, 2022
National weather forecasters are predicting an above-average hurricane and tropical storm season for the Atlantic coast this year. It is important to have a plan in place and understand the steps you need to take if your home or property is damaged in a storm.
When a hurricane or major storm hits, it can be devastating, leaving significant damage in its wake. If your home has sustained damage, you and your family can take steps to ensure safety precautions are met and repairs can be made as efficiently as possible.
Notifying your insurance company of any damage caused by a storm will initiate the process of filing a claim and help you to understand what kinds of damage your insurance policy covers.
Take photos of property damage from as many angles as you can. Try to get close-up shots with identifying details like brand names and model numbers of damaged property if possible. All this visual evidence can go a long way toward completing your claim and getting an accurate reimbursement.
It is important to take proactive measures using a professional team with experience cleaning up after storm damage. They will know how to safely prevent further damage to your home and personal property. Immediate repairs may be necessary to resume living in your home, for example, covering holes in walls or the roof, moving undamaged property out of harm’s way, and handling utilities that may need attention to prevent additional damage. In major cases boarding up the home may be required to protect your belongings in your absence. Insurance companies expect you to act in your best interest and failure to take steps to prevent costly additional damages could fall on your shoulders.
Once the storm has passed, the scary part is over, but the road to recovery is often long. Choosing to work with a professional restoration company to oversee both the rebuilding of your home and manage the claim with your insurer can provide you with peace of mind and the support you need to restore your property back to its original condition.
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