Be ready when the Storm hits...
Storm damage occurs all the time and can cause an immense amount of harm to your home or yourself. Heavy rains cause flooding, powerful winds cause roof damage, downed trees cause property damage and excessive ice could cause all of the above. Some post-storm damage can create safety and health hazards. Always having a strategy to deal with damage will help you to be ready to take steps immediately after the storm.
The quicker you are able to mitigate and repair damage left by a storm-the faster your home and life can get back to what it was….pre-storm.
Take all necessary safety precautions-prior and during a storm….
Heavy winds and rain create physical hazards such as collapsed roofing materials, window damage, collapsed walls or standing water in the basement or home interior. Furthermore, moisture can soak into furniture, carpeting, and building materials making the perfect environment for mold growth that can cause health effects.
Shut off the main gas line if you smell gas. Beware of broken glass, exposed nails, and other sharp objects on the property. Contact SERVPRO of Bloomington/Pontiac to help do basic tasks to secure your property. If necessary, arrange for an alternative place for you and your family to live while your property is being restored to safe living condition.
Photograph All Damage…
If it is safe to move around your property, use your cellphone or a camera to photograph the damage so that you will have a record for your insurance company. This action will ensure that you are fully compensated. If you annually photograph things around your house-this will also help to know what is in your home and make the claims process even easier.
Contact Your Insurance Company…ASAP
Contact your insurance agent to notify them about the damage to your home immediately. The company will send out an adjustor to determine the extent of the damage so that payment for repairs can be made. They can also help to let you know steps you need to take and where to even start.
Look Into Federal Disaster Assistance for Natural Disasters
The federal government may have declared the area affected by the storm as a disaster area that is eligible for low-cost loans to help restore your property to normal. You will be required to file documents to receive these loans and/or have photos. Keep a timeline of whom you talked to, what happened and pay attention to what your insurance company can help you with.
When a storm-related disaster strikes, it may seem overwhelming, but these steps can help you to begin the process of restoring your home and your life.
SERVPRO of Bloomington/Pontiac is here. We provide 24-hour emergency disaster service. We specialize in board-up, mitigation and restoration of homes and businesses that have suffered small or large loss from water, flood, wind, storm, fire damage and smoke disaster. At SERVPRO, We make it “Like it never even happened.”
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