Storm Recovery – Safety Tips You Need to Know After the Bad Weather Passes
Too few homeowners take storms seriously. Few of us even take a moment each morning to check the weather unless we have sure plans for that day. If we notice a bit of rain, it’s likely we shrug off storm clouds and go on with our business. However, bad weather can make life difficult. Even a severe thunderstorm can turn far worse than expected, leading to wind damage, water damage, and perhaps hail damage, too. That’s a lot of damage around your home to contend with.
In the aftermath of a severe storm, finding the right help is key to efficient storm recovery.
Know the Risks of Storm Damage
As we said, a lot of people ignore storms and brush them off as mere bad weather. That’s the wrong thing to do, though. Sometimes, a storm can tear the roof off of a house, shatter windows, and throw debris like flying projectiles. It’s best to prepare for the worst-case scenario.
Before the Storm
While there is a lot of focus on the aftermath of a storm, preparing early can help you extensively in the aftermath.
- Trim back dead branches and remove low-hanging trees from the immediate vicinity of your home to reduce the risk of roofing damage.
- Clean the gutter system, drains, and downpipes to allow for better water removal.
- Ensure your roof is strong and stable by scheduling regular repairs and maintenance.
- Prepare an emergency kit with food and water, first aid, batteries, flashlights, and more.
After the Storm
Once the storm has passed, the real work begins. You’ll likely be faced with repairs you’re not adequately trained or equipped for, which is why we recommend calling a local restoration company.
- Take a moment to assess the damage in and around your home. Take pictures of all of the damage for the insurance company, which will make the claims process much easier.
- Be wary of any standing water, as it may contain harmful bacteria, scared animals, and sharp objects.
- Do not cross any deep water, as you never know when there is an undercurrent or how deep the water may be below the surface.
- Do not go anywhere near fallen power lines or touch any electrical appliances or wires while near standing water. Call the electrical utility company to have them shut off the power immediately.
- Call a restoration company and schedule 24/7 water damage restorationand cleanup to prevent moldand worsening conditions.
Do not panic in the aftermath of a severe storm. Instead, call Restoration 1 of Horry County for immediate relief. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to ensure you have the best service possible. Call us at 843-279-2662.
About The Author
Jake Gervin is the president of Restoration 1 of Horry County. Jake and his team of professionals are all certified by the IICRC and have years of experience in home and commercial restoration.