Monday, November 2, 2015

What To Do After Your Home Is Hit By A Storm

As winter approaches, for some of us that means one thing. Storm season is nearly upon us. For some, it might already have begun. It’s a horrible, disconcerting feeling when the wind starts to rattle the rafter and the house foundations no longer feel steady. You fear for your own safety. But, at the same time, you can’t help but wonder what the wind and rain are doing to your beloved home. It’s not uncommon for homeowners to face severe property damage after a storm. That’s why I recommend you take these steps once the storm ends and you wake up the next morning.

Step 1: Inspect the Home Carefully

Once the storm has ended, you should go outside and inspect your home. Wait until it is light before you do this, otherwise, you could miss something important and be careful. The storm might have loosened something, and you need to make sure it doesn’t fall and hit you. You should look for any clear issues first. For instance, your fence might have lost a few of its posts. Or, you might find there is now some rather noticeable damage to your garage door. Look for any signs of flooding or blocked drains. This can cause havoc with the foundations of your home or your basement.

Step 2: Check The Roof

Checking your home roof is more difficult. I certainly would not recommend you head up there yourself. But, it’s important that you find out if there was any damage. Otherwise, you could find you experience more severe issues further down the line. For instance, a hole in the roof might allow birds to nest inside your attic. To assess if there was any damage to your home roof, head up into the attic. Once there, look for any signs that natural light is seeping in. If it is, you might have a hole in your roof. Your next step is to call in a roofer. They’ll be able to inspect your roof more carefully and let you know exactly how bad the damage is.

Step 3: Consider Improvements

If you’re thinking about making repairs, you might want to go one step further and look at improvements. Your back garden might have flooded. This could be due to a high water table. If you have a high water table, water underneath the ground will be pushing against the foundation of your home. To get rid of this problem, you need to lay down a permeable solution under the grass. Any good landscaper should be able to sort out this service for you. Or, you might want to think about reinforcing your roof. A good roofing company would offer the service of metal fabrication. This would make your roof sturdier and more formidable in the presence of a storm.
Step 4:  Talk To Your Insurance Provider 
Finally, you should speak with your insurance provider before you make any repairs. If you have coverage for storm damage, they should pay for any repairs that you need to make. However, you can’t make the changes before contacting them, as most times they will need to check the damage.