It’s not out of the ordinary for people to think that they’ll be able to consult a storm damage restoration company afterward and clean up all of the mess themselves. It’s understandable why this would be so, because it can save you much time and money. However, if your home is severely damaged you may want to consider calling a professional contractor or cleaning service, like our team at Top To Bottom Renovation, Inc. Our team is committed to restoring your home so that you can get back to enjoying your home. Let’s take a look at how this can be achieved.
Looking At The Extent Of The Damage
The first thing you will want to do is to determine the extent of the damage. You may be able to see it without opening doors or pulling off plaster, but if not take advantage of any opportunity for further inspection by moving debris out of the way as needed. Start with an easy task like picking up leaves and twigs from around outdoor faucets or drains, making sure there’s no standing water before using them again. If something is too heavy, try using a broom or brush to get anything you need, throw out any rotten food, etc. If you don’t feel at ease staying at your home until everything is fixed, emergency shelters, a relative’s home, or lodging, are sufficient options until everything with your home is back in working order.
Be Careful When Cleaning Up The Mess
Once it’s safe to leave the house, as previously stated, you can begin the process of cleaning the mess after you know the scope of the damage. This can give you and the storm damage restoration company sufficient time to look at the rooftops, to see if any leaks are present. Avoid being too close to any broken tree limbs, as they can fall on your vehicle. In addition to this, you’ll also want to remove items in your house that have been damaged, so that the spread of mold is mitigated.
Coordinating With FEMA
FEMA or The Federal Emergency Management Agency will provide you and your loved ones with the assistance you need to recuperate from these setbacks. Depending on the damage, they can provide temporary housing with repairs, meals, and assist in filing insurance claims. All areas will have a FEMA branch and if your entire neighborhood sustained damage, the representative will be surveying the whole neighborhood.
Filing Insurance Claims
Your insurance company will assign you a claim representative after one has been filed. The representative will work on your case to ensure that repairs are done. The process can be lengthy, but many companies will cover the damage after the deductible has been paid. Most homeowner’s insurance policies won’t cover you for flood damage, so if the home has flooded, contact your flood insurance company, instead. In the event that you don’t have coverage, you’ll need to incur the cost from your own dime. Getting the damage cleaned up is the first part of the process and everything that follows will fall into place like it needs to.