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.