Storm Damage Aftermath: What Now?
Whether you have experienced storm damage before or it’s your first time, one thing is certain: recovery is challenging.
Once you experience storm damage, you start to doubt the integrity of your building and whether you can move back in. Trust your instincts and never enter a storm-damaged property until professionals have cleared it for entry.
What Does Severe Storm Damage Involve?
Storm damage encompasses other forms of damage such as:
- Wind damage
When it comes to storm-related damage, the property must be evaluated for reentry by specialists.
Types of Storm Damage
During a storm, wind can cause trees to crash onto your roof. The roof damage can introduce mold, mildew, and water damage.
With roof damage, you face a roof that can cave in at any time.
If lightning hits your home, the power grid may be overloaded. Power surges from lightning can severely damage electrical systems. An effective preventive measure is to install lightning rods and surge protectors.
Also, if lightning has hit your property, it may be hit again. The saying that lightning does not strike the same place twice is a myth.
Severe flooding from a storm can cause serious damage to landscaping. The flooding can turn soil into sludge, destroying fixtures, lawns, and gardens. This form of damage is hard to restore, as it links to foundational issues.
Foundational damage is easily one of the hardest forms of damage to restore. Breaks in your foundation can allow water seepage to damage walls and ceilings. Additionally, with foundational damage, you can expect water-damaged electrical systems, drywall, and furniture.
A carcinogen is a substance that promotes cancer formation in living tissue. Storm damage that includes a fire can burn plastics and other materials that release carcinogens into the home.
Carcinogens can stick to every surface, including fabrics and home appliances. Some companies claim they can remove these carcinogens from homes after a fire. However, the best practice is to discard these items, as the cancerous effect of carcinogens may not appear until 20 years after exposure.
What Should You Do After Experiencing Storm Damage?
A bad storm can result in extensive damage to the affected property. After calling your insurance company, the first step in rebuilding is to consult a reputable restoration company. Don’t try to clean up a storm-damaged home by yourself, as debris from destroyed furniture and torn roofing can harm you.
When a storm leaves you with soaked walls and ceilings, smoke-damaged electrical systems, and pungent odors, call us at ONEighty Solutions.
We will evaluate the affected property, determine the best measures to restore the damage, and help return your property to its pre-storm condition!