Hurricanes can be very intense and frightening. Unfortunately, homeowners who live in certain areas are more prone to dealing with weather damage wrought by hurricanes. If your home has suffered hurricane damage and you want to know how you can get started rebuilding your life, here are some things to consider.
Your home probably has weather damage from hurricane winds and from rising water. You will need to check your roof for storm damage, and ensure all of your windows, shutters and screen doors are secure and undamaged. Professional water damage assessment and evaluation can inform you as to the total damage.
If your home has standing water inside, you’ll need to arrange to extract the water. If you don’t remove it quickly, water left behind by a hurricane can result in greater damage. After the water is removed, you’ll need to dry the structure of the home: walls, studs, etc. You might have problems with mold that need to be addressed, as mold following hurricane flood damage is common. Mold thrives in wet, warm conditions and is best handled by a disaster restoration company.
Wind damage from hurricanes can affect your roof, windows and other outside structures. Boarding up broken windows and tarping the roof as soon as possible can help prevent further damage. Major weather damage will need to be repaired as soon as possible.
Restore Your Home
Depending on the condition of your home, you might need to arrange to have your contents restored. If you act quickly, some contents can be saved or restored. As you work, document as much of the damage as possible for insurance purposes. Don’t throw away valuables (such as heavily damaged electronics or appliances) until you speak to your insurance agent. Keep all of your receipts.
When you are planning to rebuild or to repair your home, a specialist might have ideas about building in ways that are more resistant to weather damage after a hurricane. Permanent storm shutters, strengthened doors, strengthened roof sheathing, reinforced roof gables or even raising the home itself could help prevent future damage to your home from a hurricane.
Many disaster restoration companies and hurricane damage repair companies can guide you through the process of working with your insurance to get the most coverage possible with your policy. As you rebuild, this may include all new floor covering and more. Click here to contact a trusted and recommended local company to help you restore the floors in your home.
Talk to your insurance agent if you have any questions regarding your coverage for water and wind damage resulting from a hurricane. Take your repairs step-by-step and you’ll be enjoying your restored home and new floors sooner than you thought possible.