What to do After Your Home Has Been Damaged by a Storm: Important Steps to Begin the Restoration Process

August 31, 2020

Living in Tampa Bay and its surrounding areas, you know storms are common. It is important that you are prepared on what to do if storm damage occurs to your home or business.Having a plan of what to do in the case of a disaster will have you prepared to immediately begin the restoration process.Whether your home experiences minor damage such as a small leak or a total home loss, it is a good idea to keep these steps in mind to keep your family safe and mitigate the storm damage.

Already been through this process? Speak with a professional now to schedule a storm damage consultation.

Ensure That it is Safe to Go Outside

Before going outside to check the possible exterior storm damage, you should make sure that it is safe before wandering outside. Check the local news or radio station to stay updated on the storm, so you know when it is safe to head outdoors.It’s important to stay away from standing water and downed power lines and contact the local utility company to notify them.If it’s dark outside, bring a flashlight with you rather than a candle to reduce the chances of a fire or explosion.If you happen to smell gas, open your windows immediately and turn off the main gas line.

Analyze the Storm Damage

Storm damage to roof in Tampa

After you’ve determined that it’s safe to go outside, you can then cautiously examine the possible storm damage.

  • One of the first things to look for is roofing damage. It is important to take photos of any signs of damage, so that you can present them to your insurance company. 
  • Check for cracks and damaged window and door frames. Board any broken windows until they can be repaired. 
  • The next thing to look for would be any damage to the exterior surface of your home such as damage to siding or brick. 
  • Outdoor appliances such as AC units should also be inspected for signs of storm damage such as cracks and discoloration. 
  • Ensure that gutters are clear, so that water can flow away from your property. 

Not sure if the storm damage will cause harm to your property? Contact us! Our certified contractor will help you assess the damage.

Contact Your Insurance Company

After you’ve assessed your home for storm damage and have taken photos, it is then time to contact your insurance company.They will assist you with creating your storm damage claim, and then you can begin the process of hiring Onsite Restoration.

Still needing assistance with this process? We work with public adjusters to assist you with getting these storm damages paid for! Ask us!

Hire Onsite Restoration

collapsed home after hurricane

When it comes to your restoration project, you will want to look for a company that is state licensed, has experience, and does quality, professional work.You want a professional, not a second rate company. Onsite Restoration exceeds all the restoration standards and is trusted by homeowners and professionals in the Tampa Bay Area.

For more tips on how to hire a restoration company, check our our other blog:

Hire to Hire a Restoration Company: What to Look For

Why Choose Onsite Restoration For Your Storm Restoration 

When you choose Onsite Restoration for your project, we will exceed your expectations.Our general contractor has over 14 years of experience working on both residential and commercial projects.We specialize in storm, water and fire damage from minor issues to total home losses!We are also state-licensed and have reviews on our website, Google and across several social media platforms.

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