A natural disaster is always the biggest challenge for humankind, leading to incalculable damage to homes, properties, and millions of lives around the globe. There are different forms of these devastating natural events, such as floods, windstorms, and tornados. Though some parts of the world are less disposed to these natural disasters, all areas at one point are threatened by at least one of them. To start recovering your home or financial losses, you first need to know what you have to do after surviving a natural disaster. You can do that by planning to initiate repair work of your home after a natural disaster.
1. Notify Your Loved Ones About Your Safety
Suppose an area encounters a natural disaster that spreads fast through different channels around the world. People you know after hearing about that event will start to worry about you. Fortunately, society today is interconnected, and it’s easy to contact your loved ones either directly or through social media. However, natural disasters like flooding can knock out direct utilities such as your landline and internet. Still, your cell phone service will be available. You can send your loved ones a text message instead of calling everyone to tell them that you are safe. Also, a Facebook status of your safety can go a long way to relieve others’ stress and uncertainty. Remember to update a quick note about how your friends or family can contact you when necessary and your temporary moving plan.
2. Get Restoration Services
A single person can’t do significant storm and flood damage restoration as it requires skills and sophisticated equipment. You might need help from professional storm damage assistance providers to handle such dangerous situations for cleaning up and repairing work. Besides cleaning and repairing the surface of damaged homes, these professionals can identify the signs of potential structural damage. Also, the trained restoration staff ensure the home is safe to reenter and give proper support to prevent future damage. Before entering your home, ask the assistance provider if they have checked the damaged utilities like your home’s electrical system, gas, and ventilation. It can be a dangerous structure for you to return home.
3. File A Claim
As you and your family safely get back to your home, you have to assess the damages caused by the natural disaster. Take a notepad or your cellphone with you to locate and track the home areas that have been damaged. You can write it down or take photos of that area to keep proper track. Based on the type of natural disaster your home has suffered, you can assess the extent of its damage. For instance, hurricanes mainly damage your home’s roof, while earthquakes result in cracks and damage to the foundation and walls of your home. After any form of natural disaster, you should file an insurance claim as soon as possible. Since many people must have filed for a claim, you should be as quick as you can to start your home’s repair work. Submit the photos you took before and other documentation also while filing a claim. If you don’t know the exact extent of the damage, still inform your insurance providers about the damage that has affected your home. The insurance company will appoint a claims adjuster for your file to thoroughly examine your house and adjust the claim accordingly.
4. Make Few Repairs Until You Find a Contractor
Based on your home condition, you can make a few temporary repairs to prevent further damage. For instance, you can use a tarp to cover holes in the roof to keep out rain or secure your home from fixing the doors and windows blown off due to a disaster. If possible, contact a few contractors for necessary repairs and select one that offers services at an affordable price. Find a temporary shelter or go to a hotel until your home is ready to go back and remove all valuable goods before moving out. Even if you have locked, a vacant home can be trespassed by thieves who roam around such areas that caught natural disasters. Also, your valuable things are at risk of further damage if kept in an already damaged home.
5. Evaluate Damaged Structural Elements of Your Home
Before entering your home after a natural disaster, the first thing to assess is the extent of the damage. If you have even a slight doubt that the structural elements are still unsafe, don’t reenter. The heavy home’s frame, mechanical components, and water-Laden loads can be severe enough for your home to collapse if it gets additional stress. You don’t want any more risks that lead to more harmful consequences. Suppose your house is legally declared safe to return. In that case, you need to be confident that it won’t harm you in any way and thoroughly complete your damage assessment. For instance, you can check for any signs of danger, not apply force on jammed doors or windows, and be watchful of wet ceilings and floors. If everything seems fine, you are good to go inside your home again.
6. Evaluate Damaged Utilities and Major Systems of Your Home
Your home includes much more than structural components that can get damaged by natural disasters, especially flooding. Every home has specific systems such as electric wires, breakers, and panels that need proper attention to move back after a disaster. It contains a plumbing system, drainpipes, and HVAC ductwork components. Also, your home has utilities like telephone, internet, TV set, electrical outlets, and alarms that require wiring. If flood water has caught them, every piece of your home’s utility element can get damaged. Such damage can make these components more dangerous and need proper attention before thinking about returning to your home. Evaluate every little thing and then decide to move back to your safe living place.
Natural disasters strike more in certain areas than others, so it is essential to recognize the risks your home can have in such locations. You need to take significant precautions and stay prepared in case of any mishap. You might need assistance from professionals for such preparations and to save your home from future disasters. The local authorities can warn you and help you evacuate if required, so always listen to them. Though no one wants to lose their homes in any natural disaster such as flooding, it’s crucial to prioritize your loved ones first. You can cover the damage caused to your home by following every best step ensuring a positive outcome.