You’ve done everything you were supposed to do to protect your home from storm damage. You brought in any outdoor furniture and boarded or shuttered windows. You even put on roof clips and added garage door braces.
But you still suffered some damage. NASA warns that hurricanes are about 60% more powerful than they were in the 1970s. With storms lasting longer, top wind speeds have increased by 25%. Even a strong thunderstorm can wreak havoc outside and inside of your home.
What this means is that despite every precaution, chances are you’ll suffer some form of storm damage in the future. You’ll need a trusted and reliable restoration contractor to make things right again after the storms are over. Often the costs of restoration are covered by insurance—if you have the right insurance.
The steps you should take after a severe storm include:
Interior damage is usually much easier to spot than external damage. You might see:
Interior water damage can cause mold if not taken care of promptly.
After a storm has caused damage is the worst time to find out your insurance won’t cover it. So make sure you have the correct coverage that will cover not only your losses but the cleanup as well.
Usually, wind, tornadoes, fallen trees and lightning strikes have a certain level of coverage as part of a standard policy, but check your coverage amount and deductibles before disaster strikes—sometimes insurance companies stop issuing or updating policies because of an impending major storm like a hurricane. During a moratorium, you can’t switch insurance companies, buy a policy, or change coverage to your existing policy.
Keep in mind too that 19 states have hurricane deductibles.
You might need to add:
A cleanup contractor will inspect your property, clean up, sanitize the property and repair damage. They’ll examine the structure of your home to ensure that it has maintained its integrity and is safe. They also provide water extraction and drying in the case of a flood.
A reliable cleanup contractor can be hard to find, and there are plenty of companies that exist just to rip off suffering homeowners. Here are some tips to avoid these unscrupulous contractors:
Complete DKI is the largest disaster restoration company on the Gulf Coast.
We’ve mitigated damages for hundreds of homes and buildings after storms, helped thousands of companies reopen, and enabled employees to return to work so that tens of thousands of customers in our community can obtain the goods and services they need.
And, of course, we’re following the latest guidance issued from professional organizations regarding the upcoming hurricane season.
You can be confident in hiring Complete DKI. We’re:
With locations in Tallahassee and Pensacola, Fla., and Mobile, Ala., we’re ready to help you clean up any storm damage during this active hurricane season. You can contact us here with any questions, and in case of emergency, call us in Florida at (850) CALL-DKI and in Alabama at (251) CALL-DKI.
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