Ah, yes. Storms. The catastrophic and devastating occurrences Mother Nature throws at us once in a while. We get an average of 17 storms with 6 being major or deadly hurricanes every decade and a thousand tornadoes annually. Then there is the continuous upward blizzard trend that does not show any signs of slowing down. We need to level up our knowledge on how to safeguard ourselves and our properties from natural disasters. The same goes when trying to locate damage that happens afterward. One tiny form of damage after a storm can cause a domino effect even if you take it for granted. Knowing what to do after the event will benefit your family, insurance, and your wallet. Here’s what you have to know about storm damage repair.
First Thing’s First
Of course, you will have to deal with storm damage repairs and replacements later. But what is important first is to check yourself and your loved ones, as well as pets, for any injuries. You can deal with light wounds and scratches using first aid kits. But if the cut is too critical to handle, your best course of action would be to take the victim to the hospital immediately. Once you and the rest of the family finally recovers, that would be the time to check your home for any wrecks and hits.
Checking For Damages After A Storm
It’s worth knowing that not all damage will be apparent after any natural disaster. So best take it slow when checking for hits and impairments in your property. Here are things that we can do and avoid in the aftermath of a storm:
- You must slowly walk and wear appropriate clothing when inspecting for broken wiring and trekking slippery and loose flooring.
- Check for ceiling cracks as well.
- It is never a swell idea to touch or move a downed power line – regardless if it looks dead or inactive.
- Stay clear from still water that can be electrically charged.
- Get in touch with the local power or gas company and other related authorities for further help.
- Never check for damage in the dark, and bring a flashlight instead of a candle. A candle or any combustible light source will risk fire or an explosion from a broken gas line.
- Immediately close all the gas valves and electrical outlets if you smell or suspect a gas leak. The same goes if you hear sparks.
- Check for window and door damage as well.
- Board up broken windows and walls until you get a chance to repair or replace them overall.
- Also take a look at any trees and other greens, as well as power lines that might have dealt a blow or two to your property.
For Insurance Issues
Getting in touch with your insurance as soon as possible after the storm is a good idea. But it is wise to document all of the damages in your commercial or residential property. Doing so will allow the insurance company adjuster to access and assess the damage. You will also have to note any loss that is the result of a storm.
Avoid additional potential damage and harm
More often than not, storms do not do any extensive damage to the property. You have the skill to quickly deal with repairs and replacements even without any professional help if you do it properly. When in doubt, or if you are not comfortable doing the job yourself, it is high time to call the big guns to handle the job as soon as possible. Doing so will prevent potential damage in the future. You will pay for a company’s materials and the labor fees of their workers. But that is nothing compared to losing more than just portions of your home.
Plus, contacting a company for assistance is not that much of a burden. You can find one through the local phone directory, or you can head online to see one of the thousands of storm damage repair sites and platforms that deal with such matters.
A lot of individuals worry about the expense when it comes to storm damage repairs and replacements. But the truth is that you should not think about such costs at all. No matter what happens, you will get the money back in the long run, even if you spend a fortune for now. But you can never replace the life of a loved relative, should you lose one during or after a storm. It would be best to prioritize your and your family’s health and recovery before anything else.