Storm damage to your home can cause all sorts of stress and problems, including displacing you from your home until the needed repairs can be made. So when your home goes through a heavy storm or hurricane, you will need to take the necessary steps to remedy the problem and restore your home. Here are some recommendations to help you clean up your home after a storm.
Assess the Damage
When you go outside to check out the condition of your home after a storm, you should wear protective clothing. There can be a lot of hazards, such as sharp edges on loose siding, broken branches, and shattered glass. Wear protective boots that are durable and rugged, long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, a hard hat and work gloves. If there are any downed power lines, avoid the area until an electrician from the local power company can repair them.
Take photos of your home's exterior to document the damage, as you will need to file a claim with your insurance company. Your insurance agent will need photos of the actual damage so they can start an insurance claim. However, be careful if there are any deep puddles of water around your yard, as you don't know what may be under the water.
Contact a local restoration company for help repairing damage to your home's exterior and structure. You may want to rent a dumpster for the clean-up process so you will be able to easily dispose of all the items damaged in the storm.
Check Your Home Interior
The inside of your home can have its own type of damage that may not be quite as extreme as the outside but is just as problematic. There may be some level of water damage inside your home from standing water, and there might be moisture damage on the ceiling and walls. Check your home appliances to make sure they don't have any water damage before you turn your home's power back on or reconnect individual appliances.
If you experience any areas of your home that are damaged by the water, remove any standing water and get the area dried out as soon as possible. Your local restoration company can help you access fans to dry out surfaces, pumps to remove standing water, and a crew to help you remove surfaces damaged with mold and mildew. A professional restoration service company will have the tools and knowledge to help you remove the damage and restore your home.