What To Do After a Storm Has Damaged Your Home

Living in the Tampa Bay area, it is important that you know what to do if a storm happens to cause damage to your home. Having a plan of what to do in the case of a disaster will have you prepared to immediately begin the restoration process. Whether your home experiences minor damage such as a small leak or a total home loss, it is a good idea to keep these steps in mind to keep your family safe and mitigate the damage.

Ensure That it is Safe to Go Outside

  • Check the local news or radio station to stay updated on the storm

  • Stay away from standing water/downed power lines and contact the local utility company to notify them.

  • If it’s dark out, bring a flashlight with you rather than a candle to reduce the chances of a fire or explosion.

  • If you smell gas, open your windows immediately and turn off the main gas line.

Analyze the Damage

  • After you’ve determined that it’s safe to go outside, look for roofing damage.

  • Take photos of any signs of damage, so that you can present them to your insurance company.

  • Check for cracks and damaged window and door frames.

  • Board any broken windows until they can be repaired.

  • Look for would be any damage to the exterior surface of your home such as damage to siding or brick.

  • Inspect outdoor appliances for damage.

  • Ensure that gutters are clear, so that water can flow away from your property. 

Contact Your Insurance Company and Hire a Restoration Company

  • After you’ve assessed your home for damage and have taken photos, contact your insurance company.

  • Then, begin the process of choosing a restoration company. 

  • When it comes to your restoration project, you will want to look for a company that is state licensed, has experience, and does quality, professional work.

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