What to Expect From Storm Damage Repairs & Cleanup

September 26th, 2023 BY First American Roofing

Whether you’ve been hit with a severe weather event or natural disaster, there will be some damage left in the wake. When storm damage happens to you, however, it’s important to understand what you can expect from the storm damage cleanup and repair process.

The good news is that homeowners aren’t responsible for cleaning up the difficult stuff, such as fallen trees, contaminated water, and certain other debris. Of course, the not-so-good news is that homeowners are responsible for getting the ball rolling for storm damage repairs and cleanup.

Below we’ll cover everything you need to know about storm damage cleanup and repairs.

Understanding Storm Damage 

fallen trees on houseWhen a home or business goes through a severe storm, there are several ways in which they can sustain damage. The most common types of storm damage you’ll need to be aware of include:

Dealing With Storm Damage Cleanup and Repair

Regardless of the type of damage your home has sustained during a terrible storm, you’ll need to know what to do and what you can expect from your insurance company and local contractors. 

Consider this your storm damage cleanup and repair checklist:

Assess the Damage

The first thing you’ll need to do is check on your home for visible signs of damage, such as:

Be sure to document the damage you see as you walk around your property. It’s also important that you don’t throw anything away — secure your property by boarding up doors and windows and moving any ruined items to a safe place.

Speak With Your Homeowners Insurance Company

The next step is to contact your insurance company to ensure you have an understanding of the following:

Once you’ve submitted your insurance claim, the company will review it and send out an insurance adjuster to assess the damages listed in the report. 

Call a Reliable Contractor

asphalt shingle roof damage repair with ladders

The most critical step in this process is to find a home restoration company or contractor that specializes in storm damage cleanup and repairs. You can expect your contractor to schedule an initial inspection within 24-48 hours. 

You can also expect them to do the following:

Once you choose to schedule the repairs or restoration (or both) with the contractor, you can expect them to take care of the storm damage cleanup from the get-go. However, they’ll likely advise you as to what you can clean up yourself while you wait — for example, sweep up broken glass, mop up water, and so on.

Get in Touch With the Team You Need

Storm damage cleanup and repairs can be tricky, especially because you’re limited to what you can actually do as a homeowner. In most instances, your city or town will mobilize its public works professionals to take care of things like power lines, fallen trees, and other things your insurance company and contractor aren’t responsible for.

As far as your home and property go, it’s your responsibility to arrange for storm damage cleanup and repairs — which is why it’s essential to have a contractor you can trust on speed dial. (Bonus points if they also specialize in storm damage restoration).

First American Roofing & Siding can help you during your time of need when it comes to storm damage services and more. Get in touch with us today to schedule your free inspection!