When your home is hit by a storm, you just have to wait it out. Depending on how bad the storm is, you might be able to go about your usual day or you could be stuck at home until it’s all over. Either way, it’s important to keep yourself safe.
When everything has calmed down and you can safely deal with the aftermath, you need to assess any damage and start setting things right again. Storms can cause some mess even when they’re not that severe, so you want to start cleaning up as soon as you can. Here are some of the essential tasks you need to carry out.
Check the Roof
Roof damage is a common problem after a storm. The storm might have damaged some tiles, your gutters, or other parts of your roof and its surroundings. If it’s safe to go outside, you can take a look at the roof from the ground. It’s best not to get up on a ladder unless you’re sure it’s safe. A professional inspection by a company like HD Roofing and Repairs might be your next step if you think that there could be some damage. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for signs of roof damage inside your home too.
Look for Damage Inside and Outside
Your roof might be one of the most important parts of your home to inspect, but it’s also a good idea to check all over for any signs of damage. There could be problems with exterior walls, windows, landscaping or hardscaping, or anything else that could be damaged by the wind. Checking the inside of your home is a good idea too because it might reveal things that you can’t see outside. If you notice any problems, take photos to gather evidence for your insurance company.
Tidy Up Outside
Storms can cause a mess, leaving you to clean up after them. Hopefully, you were able to tidy away any outdoor furniture or other items before the storm began. But, if you weren’t, you can now take the opportunity to clean up and tidy things away. Another thing to check is any plants or trees, which could have suffered and might be making a mess of your yard. Look for any signs of damage to trees to make sure that they are structurally sound and won’t come down anytime in the near future.
When you’re straightening your home out after a storm, remember to keep yourself safe. Wait until the storm has passed to deal with anything outside and avoid any hazardous debris or standing water. It can sometimes be necessary to turn off gas pipelines in your home, so watch out for any gas leak smells. Make sure you have a carbon monoxide alarm in your home too, especially if you’re running a generator due to power loss, because carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless.
Start straightening out your home after a storm to check for damage, but be sure to keep yourself safe.
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