Many people don’t think about what they’d do in the event of major storm damage to their homes and property. It’s one of those things that we don’t like to imagine can ever happen to us. But the reality is that a storm can hit at any time, and it’s essential to be prepared with an idea of what the next steps should be. Here’s a quick guide for what to do when your home suffers damage from a storm.
Make Sure Everyone Is Safe
The first priority after any storm is to make sure everyone in your home and family is safe and taken care of, including yourself. Immediate attention to your home is essential, yes, but people can’t be replaced the way that homes and belongings can be. Find a safe place for your family to go, like a neighbor’s home, with a family member, or even a hotel, and follow these safety guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Report the Damage
Once everyone is taken care of, call your home insurance company and report the damage. This can help mitigate expenses. While you’re at it, this is an excellent time to contact an emergency disaster cleanup team. They will get the cleanup effort started and might even work with your insurance company to evaluate the extent of the damage and make a plan to remediate it.
Most storm damage is caused by wind, which can displace shingles and tear off the siding of your home. Hail can also wreak havoc on home exteriors, especially when combined with wind. Hail and rain can find their way under damaged roofing and siding and cause flooding and other water damage inside your home. Getting water out is a top priority when restoring damage since moisture can lead to mold, corrosion, and other significant problems. You will also want to be sure to shut off the power to your house if the water is above your power outlets.
If water has entered your home, you need to act quickly to keep the damage to a minimum. It’s also essential to repair damages to the exterior of your home so no more water can make its way inside. Don’t hesitate. Call a disaster cleanup professional immediately when you discover any damage from a storm to your home. Waiting even a few hours could cause further damage to be done.
Call Western Disaster Cleanup
Storm damage can be devastating, but it doesn’t have to be permanent. Western Disaster Cleanup is available 24/7 to respond to your emergency. Immediate treatment is the best way to avoid long-term damage caused by a storm or any other disaster. Our professional team will work with your insurance company to assess and resolve the damage that has been done to your home and property.
We hope you never have to deal with damage from a storm, but if you do, Western Disaster Cleanup is here to help. We offer fire, flood, & mold remediation services and more to homes and businesses in Orem, Utah, and the surrounding areas, including Heber City, Nephi, and Eagle Mountain. Give us a call today to get started!