Important Things to Check After The Storm Has Passed

“April showers” are sometimes a whole lot more than only a bit of rain. Spring weather can include a broad selection of weather activities, such as intense storms with powerful winds that can cause critical damage. Or — heavy rainfall that contributes to over-the-ground flood, or even flooding from rivers and streams. 

Intense spring weather may thus result in costly storm damage restoration. Therefore, when the storm is over, it is important to know what to do, as well as what NOT to do. If you’ve experienced storm damage of any size, follow these crucial storm damage restoration tips.

Insurance

Homeowner’s insurance normally covers sudden, accidental damage. In these circumstances, your homeowner’s policy will typically cover the costs.

But, some homeowner’s coverages may involve windstorm and hail exclusions. That means your coverage will not cover damage due to those perils. To learn about any exclusions in your policy, read your coverage or talk to your agent.

Additionally, a flood from natural disasters is generally not covered. For that, you’ll need separate flood insurance which you can get from The National Flood Insurance Program.

First of all, make sure your security when checking for home damage. Watch out for fallen power lines, standing water that might be electrically charged, and wild creatures.

Plumbing

  • Check pipes indoors and outside of your home (i.e., irrigation methods).
  • Close to the water valves to bathrooms and sinks. If necessary, shut off all water to your home.
  • If sewage is backing up in the shower or beneath the toilet, your main sewer line might be clogged or broken. So, don’t make the issue worse by utilizing different sinks or toilets. Call an expert for assistance.

Roofing

  • Check your roof for missing shingles, but do not risk life and limb by moving onto your roofing, even if just a few shingles have been missing.
  • Call an expert builder. They have the skills, tools, and equipment to do the job safely and correctly following a storm and a damage restoration program.
  • Check if you have a leak in roof. Have them do a temporary “fix” to prevent rain from coming in before a permanent solution could be arranged.

Electric

  • Appliances exposed to water should be disconnected from their power supply and serviced before being used.
  • Check for frayed wires and await sparks. Keep the power off since there is the potential for electrocution if you turn the power on your own.
  • Exterior breaker boxes are typically rain-tight but may not withstand a major storm. They could carry a fee from fallen or dangling utility wires.
  • If a limb or tree has fallen on a power line close to your home, turn off the power and call the utility company. Do not attempt to cut or clear fallen trees that are about power lines!

Flooding

  • For flooding issues, the best plan is to call a professional restoration firm. They have the necessary tools, qualified technicians, and understanding to deal with flooding damage.
  • If you choose to do-it-yourself, take precautions and wear gloves, boots, eye protection, and a respirator.
  • Reduces the harm by eliminating standing water.
  • Use a vacuum only if it is an actual wet-dry vacuum cleaner.
  • Remove everything absorbent that’s been contaminated by floodwater (carpeting, carpet padding, furniture, curtains, etc.).
  • Use air movers and dehumidifiers to dry outside the area.
  • Throw away all medicines, cosmetics, and foods, even canned products, if they’ve been submerged in floodwaters.
  • Check for hidden moisture from wallboards, and extract damaged parts to prevent mold.
  • Clean cabinets and floors by washing them with detergent, then disinfect with a disinfectant in the grocery or hardware store.
  • Remember, keep a photographic (or video) stock of whatever you must throw out.

Automobiles

  • If an automobile is damaged, constantly notify your insurance agent.
  • Cover broken windows in the event the car appears salvageable.
  • List valuables on your car which have been lost or damaged.

Scam alert

Regrettably, storms and natural disasters bring out individuals who benefit from the situation. However, by following a few practical guidelines, you can help protect yourself from Another loss:

  • Try to work with known or local contractors.
  • Do not cover work until it’s completed and you are happy. Purchase a check or a credit card.
  • Beware of a contractor who tries to pressure you. If an offer is only good “now or never,” find somebody else.
  • Get written estimates for all planned work that include suggested scopes and prices.
  • Also, beware of charity scams that might utilize a storm to make their pleas for donations more plausible. Just give to organizations you know and recognize.

For professional flood repair services, contact PuroClean

Irrespective of the conditions — damage from storms or floods, smoke, fire, or mold, call PuroClean Delaware. Our mitigation experts are standing by to provide storm damage restoration to return the property to a pre-loss condition. They’re well-trained and utilize the most recent science. We can help you figure out the complete extent of the harm and perform services after industry standards and best practices.