Storm Damage: Quick Tips on What to do First
With Tropical Storm Zeta rolling through Northeast Georgia tonight and early tomorrow, we want to help make sure you can easily get the help you need to repair any damages to your home that may occur. Zeta is expected to bring intense wind and heavy rain which could cause trees to fall. When trees fall, it leads to major repairs for not only your roof, but possibly your siding, carport or awning, deck and much more.
So what should you do if you find your self in need of repairs tomorrow morning?
Here's a few Quick Tips to Follow:
Access and Document the Damage
Even before contacting your insurance provider (or if you don't have insurance, before contacting a contractor) get a picture of every area that has been damaged.
Don't touch or move anything!
Take pictures from multiple angles to give a full view of the damage and be sure to back them up somewhere secure.
Below is a list of some areas you should inspect for damage.
Common signs of roof damage are:
Holes in the roof
Missing or broken shingles
Leaks on your ceiling
Dents on your gutters, vents or flashing
Other Signs of Damage to Look For:
Holes or cracks in windows or door frames
Damage to paint, siding or bricks
Damage to decking boards and handrails
You'll also want to check your exterior appliances to make sure they're functioning as usual
Contact Your Insurance Provider
If you have insurance, you should be able to get compensation if your home or business gets damaged by a storm. You need to document the loss you’ve suffered as a result of the storm thoroughly. Along with photos, document any extra costs that you incur because of the damage.
Don’t forget to keep receipts for any minor repairs you make on your own to prevent further damage.
You’ll need all of this for your insurance claim. Your homeowner’s insurance provider will instruct you on the next steps to take in making a claim and provide you with a claim number.
If you don't have insurance, contact local contractors near you and gather multiple estimates to compare price and get a feel for who you would want to work with. It's important to ensure the company you hire is licensed and insured.
We're thinking of all our neighbors tonight as this storm approaches.
In a perfect world, no one would wake up tomorrow to storm damage, but it is 2020, right?
All jokes aside.
We're always here to help if you need to gather estimates for any storm damage! They're always free and we'd love to help you anyway possible!