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What To Do After A Storm

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Damage following a storm is pretty typical of Maryland weather, especially when you live in towns close to the water, like Annapolis or Ocean City. Storms are out of our control, but what is in our control is what we do in the aftermath. Here are a few steps you’ll want to take following storm damage to your home.

Be Mindful Of Insurance Claims

Following a storm, if there is any damage to your home, it must be documented before you fix or move anything. Photograph all the damage and take as many pictures as possible from all angles. This ensures you have a record for the insurance company so you can be fully compensated for damages.

Once you’ve taken the photographs, you want to contact your insurance company to get a claim started right away. In storm damage, time is of the essence. You’ll need to work quickly to get the damage fixed, especially if there is flooding, to avoid further damage taking place.

Take Proper Safety Precautions After Storm Damage

Heavy rainfall and winds can result in many physical hazards such as a collapsed roof or water damage and flooding. Before you get into evaluating your property, you want to be safe about entering your home. Sometimes damage can’t be seen from the outside. Be careful where you step and keep your eyes peeled on your surroundings. You never know when you might run into a large problem like water damage or smaller issues like exposed nails.

Clean Up What You Can

After a storm, you’re likely to experience a great deal of water or flood damage. You’ll want to tend to this damage sooner rather than later. Standing water is a breeding ground for mold, which in itself can be very costly to remedy. Even if the repairs are temporary, it’s much better than waiting around and doing nothing.

Be sure to save all receipts from any repairs you’ve made on your own as well. You’ll likely be able to be reimbursed for these expenses, so keep everything organized for later.

Call A Professional

No matter what damage the storm has caused, you need to get a professional to your home for assessment. A professional will be able to determine any damage caused that might not be seen with the naked eye, like mold.

If your Maryland home has been subjected to storm damage, the team at MD Water Restoration is here to help. Keep our number handy and learn more about our services today, before the next storm, so you can be ready to call us when you’re in need.

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