Storm damages can occur on your property in many ways including flooding caused by extremely heavy rain showers, hurricanes and tidal surges on your property, wind damages from tornados, wildfire damages, ice, and snow storms in the winter months. When tragedy hits, you should follow a storm damage cleanup schedule to protect yourself.
Document the Storm Damages
Your documentation is important for reporting damages to your insurance company and getting quotes for restoring your damaged items properly. Snap photos with your camera on your phone of all damages and you can also take notes later to support your photos. Check your property over thoroughly for damages no matter how small. Take photos of damaged parts of your roof, on the exterior of your home and any other structures on your property, such as garages, storage buildings and playhouses for your kids. Document all broken windows from storm damages and all broken uprooted or damaged trees as well as any other landscaping features on your property. Call your property insurance agency to begin your claim. In the case of severe damage, ask your insurance agent if you are covered to stay in a hotel temporarily until repairs are made and you can access your home again.
Mark areas on your property that could potentially be hazardous to people and pets. For example, use lawn paint to draw a circle around a damaged tree that could fall or hanging limbs that could fall on a person or pet. Advise your family not to enter into the circle around any objects outside. You may want to take pets out on their leashes to avoid these problem areas and keep them safe.
If your home is severely damaged, make certain it is safe to enter before you collect family heirlooms, photographs, and important papers. Check with your local emergency officials to make certain that the drinking water is safe and access your local road closures. In the case that you need to leave your home, you want to make sure that you know which routes to take.
If you need a property restoration company, contact the team at MGM Restoration today.