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Five Things to Do After Storm Damage to Help You Get Back on Track

11/18/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison offer five ways to restore a home or business after storm damage.

SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison provides 24-hour emergency services including storm damage restoration to North Dallas and surrounding areas like Addison, Coppell, Farmers Branch, and Las Colinas. SERVPRO’s team of professionals operates locally and is a part of a national network made up of over 1,700 franchises. This allows access to virtually endless resources that help them service large restoration and cleaning projects. 

Five Things to Do After Storm Damage to Help You Get Back on Track

 #1: Ensure That the Home Is Sound

Storm damage restoration and cleaning are likely necessary after a big storm. But storm damage restoration is hardly the very first step to take. The most important and very first action to take after a storm is to make sure that the house is not at risk of further damage or collapse. 

The safety of anyone in the home is priority number one. It’s difficult to not become overwhelmed or fearful when storm damage occurs, so knowing what steps to take will help create confidence if and when it does occur. 

In the instance that someone was injured during the storm, take the proper steps to get them medical help. As soon as it’s clear that no one was seriously injured, be careful to avoid risking injury afterward. A storm or any natural disaster that results in storm damage may create a mess of broken glass and other potential hazards. 

#2: Safely Assess and Take Photos of the Damage 

If your home or business is showing signs of water damage like standing water, leaks, or dripping water, water damage restoration is a professional service available to restore the damage and prevent any further water from entering the home or business. 

The most concerning and costly storm damage is damage to a roof. While assessing the damage, pay particular attention to the following: 

  •     Shingle damage
  •     Leaks or standing water inside the home or business
  •     Splitting seams
  •     Gutter or vent damage 

This is an important step as it will make issuing an insurance claim much easier. 

#3: Contact Your Insurance Company 

After a storm causes damage to a home or business, it’s only natural to see dollar signs. Contact your insurance company as soon as possible to fully understand the damage and the total cost of fixing it. 

Homeowners insurance may offer some level of compensation for things like contents cleaning, fire restoration, and water damage restoration. Take photos and document all of the costs and damage that accrued due to the storm. You will need documentation for your insurance claim. Hiring a water damage restoration service like SERVPRO can ease this burden as their trained technicians can assist with documentation and work with the insurance for claims processing. 

#4: Minimize Further Damage

Combining professional flood restoration services with an owner’s cleaning and fixing efforts can help minimize further damage. Now that the damage and cost have been assessed, cleanup and restoration can begin. 

Immediate repairs such as boarding up windows can go a long way in preventing further damage caused by wind or water. Keep the home or business unoccupied during this process. 

#5: Get Professional Storm Restoration Help 

Now it’s time to get storm damage restoration help. SERVPRO of Coppell and West Addison provides 24-hour commercial and residential fire, water, and flood restoration services. For questions or to speak to a highly trained restoration technician, call SERVPRO today at (972) 233-8400.

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