Changing weather patterns take a gradual toll on your roofing system over time, and sometimes, structural damage may happen without warning. To prepare you for such an event, here are the first things you need to do after particularly strong storms.
Prioritize Safety First
Regardless of the extent, storm damage can pose a serious threat to your safety and well-being. So before you attempt to check up on your valuables, deal with live power first. Watch out for open areas in your home as they can put you at risk. If it is safe and possible, do evaluate the damage before leaving your home for alternative shelter.
Document The Damage
It’s important to do this as soon as possible. Take photos and video coverage of areas affected by storm damage. Even when your home is back to normal afterward, it’s still prudent to take stock of potential trouble areas as well. This helps document the normal state of your home so you’ll have a point of comparison in the aftermath and know which parts need repair or reinforcement.
File Insurance Claims
Contact your insurance company as soon as you get everything in order. Their assigned representative will work with you to have the necessary repairs done. Though the process may sometimes take several months, insurance companies will often cover the damage even after you’ve paid your deductibles.
3JM Exteriors, Inc. specializes in quality roof inspection and repairs to help you recover from damaging storms and normal weather patterns. With over 50 years of combined construction experience, you can be sure of our workmanship. We serve Downers Grove and Naperville, IL, along with nearby areas. Call us today at (630) 985-6494 to schedule a free inspection.