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How To Care For Your Home After A Severe Storm

By on Aug 28, 2017
How To Care For Your Home After A Severe Storm

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Storms can damage homes anywhere in the country. Some locations are more susceptible to storms than others. A home with storm damage can be devastating for many reasons. But, you can take the steps you need to make it comfortable again.

If you’ve recently encountered storm damage, large or small, it’s time to get your home back to new again. Here are a few ways you can care for your house after a storm.

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Storm Damage To Home

Ensure Safety Of All Family Members

Storm damage can be a scary thing. From hail to strong winds, there are many kinds of home damage that can happen. First and foremost, you must be sure all living in your home, including pets, are safe. In the case of a storm, have a readiness plan that you go over with all household members. This can include details on evacuation if needed or what to do if there’s a tornado. Include a central meeting place and how you’ll care for any pets in the home. If and when a storm does come, this plan will be extremely helpful in making sure everyone is accounted for.

Safety of family members doesn’t end once the storm is over. If your home has been damaged, you’ll need to be cautious as hazards can be present. Here are a few storm damage safety tips:

  • Do not leave the home until the storm has passed.
  • Avoid using gas appliances until you’ve had the home examined.
  • Avoid walking through standing water.
  • Be aware of fallen power lines and do not go near them. Contact your electric company.
  • Unplug appliances if the power has gone out.

Large Hailstones

Evaluate The Damage

Once all family members are safe and are abiding by post-storm safety precautions, it’s now time to evaluate the damage to your home. Severe storms can cause various types of damage. Here are a few you’ll need to look for:

Hail Damage

With any severe storm, it’s likely you’ll see some hail. Hail can come down in various sizes. However, large hail stones can cause significant damage. Hail a quarter size or larger can break windows, dent cars and damage roofing. According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming see the most hail per year. If you live in these states, knowing what to do in case of hail damage can help you prepare.

Wind Damage

When most people think of wind damage, they start thinking of tornados. However, damaging winds are classified as winds higher than 50mph to 60mph, according to the National Severe Storms Laboratory. Winds of that speed can create roof damage and cause trees to fall.

Water Damage

Large storms can bring heavy rains, leaving your home and area susceptible to flooding. Never wade through flood waters, as it can not only have contaminated in it but even slow-moving water can carry you away. Flood water can enter your basement and cause internal damage, rising to other areas of the home. Even the smallest amount of water damage can cause mold and mildew that can become a problem down the road.

High Rain Cause Flooding

Contact Your Insurance

Once you’ve evaluated the damage yourself, you’ll need to contact your home insurance company. Most companies need to you to file a claim between a year or two from the date of the storm. However, depending on the damage, we recommend calling right away. This needs to happen before you contact a pro for work to be done. You’ll need to work with them on your claim and what they’ll cover. They’ll likely send someone out to inspect the damage and assist you in the process.

Contact The Right Repair Pro

Hire The Right Pros

Whether you’ll have guidance from your insurance company or you’re able to search for your own, you’ll need to hire the right contractors for the job. When it comes to storm damage, roofing pros are often called in for immediate repairs. But for water damage, you may need assistance from a drywall pro and an electrician to survey the damage and ensure the area is safe for you to use.

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Costs Of Storm Damage Repair

For most homeowners, their insurance should be able to cover a large chunk of the home repair costs. However, you may have to cover some of the costs yourself depending on the claim. The average cost of storm, wind and hail damage repairs are $5,370, with most homeowners spending between $2,810 and $5,534.

Water damage may be an additional cost if it occurred during the storm. Standing water should be removed by a professional as soon as possible. The average cost to remove standing water is $2,572, with most homeowners spending between $1,490 and $2,956. This does not include the cost of repairs. Any standing water, regardless of how small, should be removed before any repair work begins.

Conclusion

Severe storm damage is not something most want to think about, but all homeowners should be prepared for it. In the event of a severe storm, be sure to take cover and precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones first. After that, you can assess the damage and take the steps necessary to repair your home from damages.

Looking for more ways to prepare for an emergency? Read What To Do When Your HVAC Unit Is Damaged By A Flood Or Storm.

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