Storm damage can happen to anyone at any time. It can cause an immense amount of harm to your home. Heavy rains can cause flooding and powerful winds can cause roof damage and downed trees on your property. There is post-storm damage that can happen which causes safety and health hazards to you and your family. We want to give you a few tips on how to deal with damage that will help you be better prepared after the next storm.
1. Heavy winds and rain can create physical hazards such as collapsed roofing material, window damage, collapsed walls or standing water in the basement or home interior. This moisture can soak into furniture, carpeting, and building materials making it the perfect place for mold growth that can cause health issues.
2. Shut off the main gas line if you smell gas.
3. Beware of broken glass, exposed nails, and other sharp objects on the property.
4. Contact a reputable property restoration company to help do any basic tasks to secure your property and make it safe to use.
5. If necessary arrange for an alternative place for you and your family to live while your property is being restored to safe living conditions.
6. Photograph all the damage with your cellphone or camera to have record of it to show the insurance company.
7. Contact your insurance company to let them know there is damage at your home this way the adjuster will be able to come out and inspect and determine the extent of the damage so that payment can be made for the repairs.
Not fixing water damage can cause a lot of havoc on your home. Flood water can bring in with it lots of hazardous contaminants like bacteria or fungi, toxic waste, chemical pollutants, and sewage. Unlike faulty plumbing leakages, flood water is nasty and dirty. Even after the water evaporates, all these waste are left behind and can cause health risks.
Leaving the water can depreciate your home’s value. A real estate appraisal can be able to smell and see signs of untreated water damage. This would mean your home will be placed on a lower price value and fewer people would be willing to purchase it.
Electrical fuse boxes, wiring or any outlets exposed to water have health risks and can even be fatal. Always contact a professional to inspect them and repair them properly.
Any wooden structure within your floor or wall will absorb water slowly and become damp therefore creating room for mold to grow. It is a health risk but a damp wall can be a structural risk.
Insects love to hatch their eggs on stagnant water; they hatch and spread diseases and bacteria. As the water evaporates, it will create a conducive environment for mold and mildew to spread. The odor attracts more insects which will then spread to the other areas of your home.
We hope you found these tips useful and consider using them the next time a storm hits your home.