When severe storms strike they can do some serious damage, creating leaky roofs and broken that can lead to water damage in your home. When this happens you need to work quickly to prevent further damage. That means you need to assess the damage as soon as possible and make a report to your insurance company. But there are some things you should know about storm damage before you begin the process.
Don’t Assume There’s No DamageNot all storm damage is immediately noticeable. This is frequently the case in hail storms where you might assume the hailstones were too small to create any damage. The truth is, hail can weaken your roof even if you don’t see any missing or damaged shingles.
Contact a Restoration CompanyIf you have damage to your home, contact a restoration company to help repair structure and contents damage. These professionals know how to handle storm damage to prevent further problems in the future. If you need restoration services, be sure to document your damaged items with photos for the insurance company. You have a right to decide which restoration company you will use to repair the storm damage to your home, but choose wisely since you may be working with them for a while. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Most reputable restoration companies belong to the Better Business Bureau and one or more trade organizations.
- The company can provide a list of previous clients as references.
- When the restoration company arrives, they should inspect all areas of suspected damage and document as much as possible. Ask for an estimate of the job before you authorize them to begin work.