Know how to get started and what actions to take after a hurricane.
Storm tracking is very accurate — homeowners have a good idea of when a hurricane may arrive. And while a great deal of preparedness goes into these moments before the storm, what happens after a hurricane?
If your home has incurred damage, you may be in a heightened emotional state after the major event passes — you just survived a hurricane, and you may not even get to take a minute to reflect because now you have to tackle the hurricane cleanup for your home.
Royal Exteriors provides the leading hurricane repair for homes in the Bay County area. Learn more about what to do after a hurricane hits in today’s post.
Getting To Work After A Hurricane
Hurricane cleanup has a crucial window of opportunity following the storm. It is integral to take inventory of the damage within the first 48 hours, especially if there is water damage. Water leads to mold growth and having a mold problem on top of other damage is something that should be avoided.
We know this is an extremely stressful time and the emotional impact that hurricanes have is real, but it’s important to take action immediately after the storm. Stuck on what should happen first? Outlined below are action steps you can follow to help facilitate the hurricane cleanup and repair process.
It’s important to note that every hurricane produces different kinds of damage. In more serious hurricanes, it may be wise to leave the care of your home in the hands of experts and let them take care of assessing and securing your property. At the end of the day, your home insurance agent is an invaluable resource for insight on what avenue to take after damage from a hurricane.
Survey The Exterior Perimeter
Depending on the severity of the hurricane, it’s always important to approach your property with caution by starting outside and assessing the perimeter. Take a mental note of what you see. Are there windows broken? Was your roof or siding impacted? If you’re able to enter your home safely, that is the next step.
Assessing The Interior
Before you enter your home, consider wearing safety gear such as goggles, hard hats, work gloves, waterproof boots, and masks to prevent any health and safety hazards. As you enter your home, check for any standing water near your appliances or electrical, survey any unusual odors, and ensure that it’s structurally safe — no major beams have fallen.
Document The Damage
Once you have checked the exterior and interior of your home, it’s important to begin documenting the damage. This assists in the insurance claim process. Get as detailed as you can, going from each area of your exterior property and taking a room-by-room inventory on the interior.
Write down major items that are damaged such as appliances. If they have a product number, write that down, as well as taking a photo of it. The takeaway is, you can never document too many details!
Begin Hurricane Cleanup
Hurricane repair is best left to professional contractors — they have a breadth of experience and can determine what needs to be done and how to best accomplish it. It also prevents injuries and hazards for the homeowner.
When it comes to choosing a hurricane contractor, it may be helpful to get a few estimates as time allows. What you may run into is, after a hurricane, everyone is trying to do the same thing of finding a contractor to work on their home, so consider choosing a company to work with before the storm happens.
Once you connect with your hurricane repair contractors, ask them how you can assist. Is it safe to begin drying out the property? You may be able to remove wet furniture and opening windows to keep your home well-ventilated to discourage mold for sporing.
Secure Your Home
If the hurricane damage is serious, it’s a good idea to secure your home by packing up your personal property such as salvageable electronics, art, antiques, jewelry, and other high-value items to avoid theft.
Take Action With Royal Exteriors
If you’re a homeowner in the Bay County area, Royal Exteriors is your go-to hurricane repair contractor. With years of hurricane cleanup and repair experience, we work quickly and efficiently to secure your home in the initial stages and provide quality restoration and construction to rehabilitate your home from the hurricane damage and bring it back to the way it was before the storm — maybe even better!
We work with homeowners to help prevent severe damage of a future hurricane by recommending the best windows, doors, and siding options that are durable and combat the extreme weather of the Bay County area.
Do you have hurricane damage, or is a storm looming? Connect with Royal Exteriors for the best hurricane repair services today!