What You Should Know About Storm Damage Photo By:; skeeze | Pixabay Everything can change in the blink of an eye when storms roll through. Storms, whether they are hailstorms or thunderstorms, can leave behind massive destruction. Feeling stressed and overwhelmed after a storm is normal. The good news for you is people have been through storm damage before, and there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Learning what to do before, during, and after a storm will help you deal with storm damage. Make Sure the Area is Safe If you had to leave your home during the storm, the first thing you want to do is make sure it is safe to reenter. You should never declare your home safe on your own. A professional should come out and look over your home to make sure there are no hazards that could cause harm to you or your family. Assess the Damage Once a professional inspector gives you the okay to enter your home, you will want to assess the damage. You should look at the roof, HVAC system, basement, floor, and walls. Some common damage to look for is: Missing shingles Holes in roof, ceiling, walls, or floors Leaks in your roof or ceiling Dents in gutters, vents, or flashing Split seams If you see any damage to these or other areas be sure to take pictures for insurance purposes. Make Temporary Repairs Unless you are a professional, you should never do any storm repairs. You can, however, make temporary repairs. For example, if you have water coming into your home, you can try and find the source and stop it temporarily. You may also have to board up some areas to help prevent subsequent damage. Making small or temporary repairs will help ensure there is no further damage. Contact Your Insurance Company Before contacting your insurance company, you will want to make sure you have storm damage insurance. Having storm damage insurance is crucial, even if you do not live in an area where storms often hit. Once you have determined whether you have storm damage insurance or not, you will want to contact your insurance agent. Your insurance agent will help you make a claim. After filing the claim, make sure to stay in contact with your insurance company. You may run into issues with the contractor you hire. Your insurance company should be able to work with you to ensure you aren’t scammed by a disreputable company. Hire a Storm Restoration Company After storms hit, there will be different restoration companies knocking on your door. Some of these companies will be reliable, while others may make estimates and promises that they know they cannot keep. When it comes to selecting a storm restoration company, make sure to do your homework. Research reputable companies in your area by looking online or asking friends and family. Once you have decided on a few possibilities, get an estimate from each company and see which ones are covered by your insurance. Be sure that you pick a company that fits your needs and budget. Contact Us! MD Restoration has been servicing the Maryland area for years. We know that storm damage is never easy to deal with. We will work with you and keep you in the loop about your storm restoration process. For more information about our storm damage restoration contact us today!