What to Do After a Storm Damages Your Home?
When a storm hits, it can cause flooding and other damage to your home. While you may wait for the clean up process to begin, don’t rush into it without having a plan. This article will help you understand how to prevent and deal with storm damage after a storm hits your house so that you can quickly get back to normal.
1. Keep Your Family and Pets Safe
Your family and pets are the most important part of your life — make sure they’re kept safe in a storm. Get them out of the house if the weather is too severe or if the power goes out, and try to keep them calm throughout the ordeal. Knowing that they’re safe can help you deal with less stressful situations.
2. Stay Informed
If you have power, stay informed on what’s going on in your area by watching the news or listening to the radio. If you don’t have power, don’t be afraid to ask your neighbors for help. You can use their electricity and wifi internet to stay up to date.
3. Close All Windows and Doors
Believe it or not, storms bring powerful winds with them, so closing all windows and doors is a must. The last thing you want is for your house to be destroyed by high winds. Be especially careful when closing any windows on the top floor, as those ones tend to get the wind blown in more easily.
4. Invest in Storm Doors
If you don’t have storm doors, now is the time to invest in them. Storm doors will protect your home from any flying debris or other dangers that come with a storm like high winds or flying rain. You should replace any old or outdated storm doors with new ones as soon as possible, too.
5. Bring in Outside Items
Anything that’s outside needs to be brought inside. This includes patio furniture, potted plants, trash cans, etc. Anything that’s been left outside will be blown away by the wind, so make sure everything is put away before it’s too late.
6. Cover Windows and Openings
If there are any openings in your home where water can get in — such as windows, doors, or even holes in your walls — cover them with plastic sheets or tarps so that rain doesn’t come pouring through them and ruin your floors or furniture. You can also consider covering any ceiling fans or air conditioning units that could fall off in the wind and cause damage inside your home.
7. Remove All Debris
Once the storm is over, remove any debris from your property as quickly as possible so that you don’t damage your home even further from other people walking through it or blowing it around. You don’t want any of this stuff getting into contact with electrical wires or water pipes either, as that could lead to further damage as well.
8. Keep Your Property Safe From Potential Flooding
Flooding is another thing to watch out for after a storm hits your home — particularly if your area is prone to flooding after heavy rainstorms and hurricanes. If you know that your area is prone to flooding and other dangers during storms, be sure to take extra precautions against these problems when you secure your home above so that you don’t have to worry about more property damage during a storm that occurs later on down the line.
9. Keep Your Property Secure From Theft
If you have a fence around your home, inspect it for damage so that no one can break into your property while you’re away dealing with other areas of danger and cleanup around your home only when it is safe to do so due to safety reasons. If there are items around your property like a trampoline, pool or swing set that may become hazards post-storm because of missing or broken parts, move them away from your home so they don’t become a problem later on down the line either when repairs are made or when children are playing on them again after the storm has passed through the area.
10. Prepare For Repairs and Restoration
Once the storm has passed, it’s time to start repairing what you can and restoring what you can’t. You should also consider getting your home inspected for any water damage that may have occurred inside your home. This could help you find out what areas of your home need the most attention, such as your roof or foundation, so that you can get those repairs made as soon as possible.
If you’re dealing with storm damage and need help restoring your home to its original condition, contact Friendly Hills Restoration today. We’ll be happy to answer all of your questions and help you get back to normal after a storm hits your house.