Initial Steps of Storm Damage Restoration
Storm damage can occur at any time and can cause an immense amount of harm to your home or business. Some regions are more susceptible to storm damage than others. Heavy rains can cause flooding and powerful winds can cause roof damage. Some post-storm damage can create safety and health hazards as well, therefore having a strategy to respond quickly will help you to be ready to take steps immediately after the storm.
Take Safety Precautions
Heavy winds and rain can create physical hazards such as collapsed roofing materials, window damage, collapsed walls or standing water in the building interior. In addition, moisture can soak into furniture, carpeting, and building materials creating the perfect environment for mold growth that may cause health issues. Shut off the main gas line if you smell gas and beware of broken glass, exposed nails, and other sharp objects on the property. Contact SERVPRO of Lynnwood to help secure your property, assess damage and begin emergency services. If necessary, arrange for an alternative place for you and your family or employees while your property is being restored to a safe condition.
Photograph The damage
If it is safe to move around your property, use your cellphone or a camera to photograph the damage so that you will have a record for your insurance company. Documentation is very important to insurance company process and procedures for replacing or restoring your personal items.
Contact Your Insurance Company
Contact your insurance agent or claims center to notify them about the damage to your home immediately. Insurance companies will send out a representative to determine the extent of the damage and to work closely with SERVPRO professionals to discuss job scope and approvals,
Look Into Federal Disaster Assistance
The federal government may have declared the area affected by the storm as a disaster area that is eligible for low-cost loans to help restore your property to normal. You would be required to file documents to receive these loans. When a storm-related disaster strikes, it may seem overwhelming, but these steps can help you to begin the process of restoring your property to normal.