Hopefully you’ve read our blog on Safety After the Storm. During electrical storms, make sure you stay away from windows, avoid metal pipes and do not use a land line telephone. Also, don’t bathe or shower, to prevent electrical shock.
So now the storm is over and you have taken necessary safety precautions; now what? First and foremost, document everything through notes, dates and times and of course pictures. This will all help the adjuster and in turn you, the homeowner, to make sure you are fully compensated.
Notify your insurance company to let them know about any and all damage as soon as possible. They will send out an adjuster to help determine the extent of the damage and start the process of your claim. Jeff at Advanced Home Improvements can help you through any confusion and help you get the most from your insurance company. Call him at 763-286-4000 for a free, no obligation estimate.
Take a walk around the exterior of your home checking for debris from trees, roofs, siding etc. If there was a lot of wind, your roof was probably hit the hardest. Have a professional look for missing shingles, cracks, holes and leaks.
Don’t forget to look up into trees for split branches or ones ready to fall. These could be dangerous if left unattended. Remove large fallen branches or hire someone for large pieces.
Siding also needs to be checked. Although sometimes less visible, there could be small holes or cracks in stucco siding. All types of siding are susceptible to damage; wood, fiber cement, stone, brick, stucco and vinyl. You could also have broken boards, stripped paint or discoloration on wood siding. Don’t ignore cracks in brick.
Flying debris could have damaged windows. Check for cracked or shattered windows, especially around the seals.
Sump pumps can remove water in basements and other flooded areas. Dehumidifiers can help with excess water damage and help control mold and mildew.
Don’t forget your driveway. Although concrete is strong, check for splitting or cracking. Any small damage could be hazardous down the road.
If it is all too overwhelming, give Jeff a call at 763-424-2979 and he can help you walk through the necessary steps. Advanced Home Improvements -”Large enough to handle your needs, but small enough to care”