Time is precious. Taking the first action can limit your losses. Here are some tips you can take in the aftermath of the storm damage.
1. SAFETY FIRST
People's first instinct is to check their property after the storm damage. And there are several things you need to pay attention to. Before you enter the house, ensure the circuit is cut off. A severe storm can cause a flood and blow down the power line. To avoid hitting a wire in the water, make sure the power is cut off before entering the room. And you also need to watch out for some sharp debris and broken glass in the water. And in addition, moisture can soak into the furniture, carpeting, and building materials making the perfect environment for mold growth that can cause health issues. Therefore, wear protective clothing, rain boots, gloves, face mask, and goggles before coming into the house. In addition, if you find the roof is unstable, evacuate people as soon as possible. If you smell the gas, get out of the house immediately and call the gas company.
2. REMOVE THE WATER
Protect your property from further damage after the storm damage. The first thing is to remove the standing water. If you find the water is still flowing into the building, you can board up the windows. Dry out the house as soon as possible. As long as the standing water stays in the house, it will be a good opportunity for mold growth. Thus, removing standing water allows for early restoration and reduces property damage. It's also can cut the path of mold growth and keep you and your family safe from mold threaten.
3. PREPARE DOCUMENTS FOR INSURANCE
Assess the damage and prepare the documents as detailed as possible if you want to make up for your losses. You can take pictures of the damaged items or record them by video, and don't miss the manufacturer identifier. So that you will have a record for your insurance company and you to know the value of the replacement. Take your time to go through every corner of your house, and don't miss someplace that you may overlook. Carefully inspecting the siding, roof shingle, window frames, and outdoor HVAC unit. And the more carefully you check, the more likely you will receive total compensation.
4. CALL YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY
The sooner you contact your insurance company and notify them about the damage to your home immediately, and the short the claim process will be. Because the storm damage affects the number of people in your area. Ensure you are at present when the insurance adjuster comes to inspect the damage that you can go through with them if they miss something. And you can also communicate with them and know the accurate claim estimate. In addition, all the documents can come in handy. Make sure the adjuster understands every detail about the papers.
5. HIRE A RESTORATION COMPANY
Find a high reputation restoration company to help you address the damage and salvage your property. An excellent restoration is always equipped with a professional unit, like a dehumidifier, air mover, industrial fan, etc. It is worth mentioning that dehumidifier is a piece of professional dehumidification equipment. It can effectively remove excess moisture in a particular space according to the humidity value you set. Thus avoid the problem of mold growth caused by humidity. However, you should watch out for fake restoration companies and some overcharging. You can check their track record and people's comments before you decide.
6. GET FEDERAL HELP
The federal government may provide low-cost loans to storm-affected areas to help get your property back in order. You need to submit the required documents to get these loans.
7. TAKE PREVENTIVE MEASURES
Follow these storm damage prevention tips to make sure you're well prepared.
a. Secure the roof, ensure you choose the impact resisting material.
b. Secure windows and doors, using weather-stripping to seal the caulk and fix the existing problems.
c. Secure the house foundation, ensure the foundation is waterproof, and fill the gap.
d. Inspect the siding, make sure there are no cracks in the exterior walls, and that all plumbing and water pipes in the house are free of any problems
e. Sewer and drain backup coverage, purchase insurance against damage caused by a sewer and drain backup.
8. PURCHASE A DEHUMIDIFIER
When you find that your home smells after drying and cleaning, allergies are common in your family or your pet. That means your home may not be completely dry. You can further dehumidify the house with a dehumidifier. In addition, if a pipe bursts, heavy rain infiltration, and carpet cleaning after the dry problem, a dehumidifier can help you solve it. Choosing a suitable high-quality dehumidifier is critical. ALORAIR specializes in the dehumidification industry, and our dehumidifiers are efficient and durable but compact and robust. In addition, our dehumidifiers have been certified as Energy Star and cETL in the United States. Our dehumidifier also has the most advanced technology, and it has been praised both inside and outside the industry. It is worth mentioning that the SLGR technology. It uses a unique air-air heat exchanger system to bring the air closer to the dew point temperature before passing through the subcooled evaporator coils and in combination with the microchannel Alu condenser to maximize capacity and efficiency to achieve energy efficiency.
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