When a powerful storm rolls through, many homeowners only anticipate the damage that heavy rains can bring about. Don't overlook high winds. Forceful winds are just as damaging, if not more, than other elements of a strong storm. Knowing how to protect your home in the aftermath of wind and other storm damage is important.
Know When to Vacate
Safety should be your main priority. Make certain you know when it's best to vacate your home. If the wind has damaged your roof or the exterior walls of your home to the point where their under-layers are exposed, it's best to vacate. With this level of damage, it is possible that the structural integrity of the home could be in jeopardy. Vacate your home and wait for a professional to tell you it's safe to reenter.
Clean What You Can
In the aftermath of a storm, to describe the scene as chaotic is somewhat of an understatement. If you're able to do so safely, consider cleaning up what you can. This is important for two reasons. First, it gives you the opportunity to salvage any of your belongings that have not be damaged beyond repair. Second, it allows you to get a better look at the level of damage you are dealing with. Both these factors will prove important going forward.
Stay Clear of Electrical Devices
Ensure you are steering clear of any electrical devices in your home. This is an afterthought for some homeowners that is very dangerous. Sure, wind may be the biggest threat you see on the surface. However, if you've had significant wind damage, it's possible that any rain that did fall could have leaked or seeped behind the walls of your home in the same area as your electrical connections. Since you don't know, it's best to stay on the safe side and shut down the main electrical valve if you can do so safely.
Let a Professional Take the Helm
No matter how insignificant you believe the wind damage to your home to be, it's best to leave all repairs to a professional. A professional can thoroughly inspect your home to determine if the level of damage goes far beyond what can be seen. As if this weren't enough, a professional can also help protect your homeowner's insurance policy, as some policies will void coverage when a homeowner performs repairs on their own.
Storms happen without warning and can leave you feeling like you don't have a plan. However, when it comes to restoring your home, you can plan. Pair with a professional and make sure you're doing your part to keep your home and family safer.