Recovering After a Storm: Repairing Damage

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018 by Josh Hudson

Storm damage to a roof

Recovering After a Storm: Repairing Damage

Sometimes the worst part of a storm isn't surviving the winds and rain, but cleaning up after the event. Fallen trees and missing roof shingles often greet homeowners already dealing with power outages, post-storm flooding, and the chaos of emergency conditions.

Safety After the Storm

Recovering After a Storm Starts with Safety

Repairing your home is important after a storm, but so is safety. Never attempt any repairs or refurbishment when your home remains flooded or when the power grid is flickering on and off in your neighborhood.

The home experts at "This Old House" also offer some simple safety tips for post-storm safety. If you find that your basement or the bottom floor of your home has standing water, remember the following:

With a heavy storm comes heavy rains, and inevitably flooding. If waters come into your home, be careful about getting it out. Turn off the power—but only if the water hasn't reached as high as any electrical outlets in the room where the main breaker lives. Otherwise, you could be wading into an electrified pond.

However, flooding and electrical damage aren't the only dangers after a storm. It's also important to remember the following when you return to your storm-damaged home:

  • Wear protective clothing like heavy boots and work gloves
  • Avoid using anything that's plugged in and utilize machines with batteries
  • Be careful to avoid broken pieces of wood that might have exposed nails

Investigating Storm Damage

Once the significant hazards no longer pose a danger to you or your family, you'll need to inspect your home for damage. Your contractor can help you perform a walk-through when the cleanup process begins to identify places that might need work.

According to the experts at insurance company Allstate, there are many areas you'll need to look at when determining the amount of storm damage your home has sustained. Their advice regards homes that have sustained damage from a tornado, but the advice is easily applied to almost any post-storm aftermath.

Inspect the following areas for damage:

  1. Walls. Check for signs of cracks, as well as around doors
  2. Floors. Look for tilting and signs of structural damage
  3. Faucets and toilets. See if there are plumbing problems by running the faucets
  4. Gutters. Loose gutters could let water into the home
  5. Roof. Check for roof leaks and for missing shingles

You can make these rounds with your contractor, and you'll also want to take pictures during the process. When you file a claim with your home insurance company getting funds for repairs will proceed much more quickly if you offer photographic evidence of the damage.

Windows are another area where damage is common after a storm. The National Storm Damage Center offers several things you'll need to consider when inspecting the windows around your home:

  • Cracks
  • Brocken panes
  • Damaged frames
  • Holes
  • Shattered windows

Remember to look closely at your windows. A hairline crack might not be obvious from a casual inspection.

Get a Free Estimate!

Are you dealing with the aftermath of storm damage or other weather-related issues on your home? Contact JH Exteriors for a Free Estimate for your home or call us at 1-636-942-1346.

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