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Understanding the Storm Damage Restoration Process

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

Snowstorms, ice dams, hurricanes, and tornadoes can occur at any time and can cause an immense amount of damage to one’s property. Heavy rains have been known to cause powerful winds and flooding which then lead to downed trees and roof damage on properties.

During storms, the integrity of a building can be compromised and this can cause moisture from snow and rain to infiltrate into the protective surfaces of the roof. In turn, this can result in wood swelling and mold build-up.

Post-storm damage can create health and safety hazards and that is why storm damage restoration services are required to reinstate properties as soon as possible. When your home or business premise has been interrupted by water damage, you need professional help to get your property back to normal operations.

Here are some of the activities you can expect during the storm damage restoration process.

Safety First

Severe storms can leave behind damaged roofs, broken glass, and other hazards. The first priority is to ensure everyone’s safety following a storm. Ensure that you stay away from your property until you are certain that the power has been cut. This is to make sure there is no threat of electrocution if flooding occurred and drowned the power lines that were close by. Professionals then inspect your property and evacuate everyone if the roof of your property is not stable.

Secure The Property

After the storm damage restoration team is sure that everyone is safe, the next action they take is to remove any valuable possessions that are at risk of sustaining damage. Everything is done to help secure the property right away to stop further flooding or heavy leaks. Any standing water is immediately drained to prevent mold growth which can be harmful to the health of occupants.

Documenting Damage For Insurance

Once the experts confirm it is safe to move around your property, they begin to assess the damage. This is necessary when filing an insurance claim. Photos are taken both inside and outside of your property using high-resolution cameras for clarity. It is best to leave this part to professionals since they know the right places to look. After they have documented the level of the damage, the restoration company will discuss the renovation plans with you and your insurance adjuster.

Renovation Work Begins

When everything is agreed upon between you and your insurance company, the restoration company is now ready to begin renovations. First, the restoration company rescues your building from greater structural issues by inspecting and replacing dilapidated areas. The extent of damage in your property will determine the type of equipment that will be used. Specialized vacuums and pumps are used to remove water from the affected areas in cases of flooding.

The roof is renovated and sealed while the ceiling gets restored to its former condition. Professionals use dehumidifiers and air movers to prevent mold and mildew growth. A reputable storm damage restoration company ensures that they shampoo salvageable carpets and disinfect hard surfaces, as well as apply deodorants to combat any odors.

If you have recently suffered from storm damage, you can rely on specialists at SERVPRO of Hoboken/Union City to reinstate your home or business premise.

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