What to Do After a Hurricane or Tropical Storm
You probably know that you should evacuate the area as directed in the case of a severe tropical storm or hurricane. It can be very nerve wracking to have to leave your home and all of your possessions behind to flee the area, and you might be anxious about what you will come home to. Although you may simply have relief that your home is still standing, it is important to take some steps when you arrive back at home to ensure that you and your family are safe.
Check All Points of Entry
Check all of the points of entry to your home, including every window and door. Make sure that the storm didn’t cause any holes, drafts, or shattered windows. If you do have broken windows or doors, get some plastic and wood to cover the entryways completely to protect your home and belongings while you are waiting for repairs. Call a contractor right away.
Check Your Roof
Your roof can spring a leak very easily in a tropical storm or hurricane. Shingles can be completely ripped off of your roof. If you have bald spots on your roof or a lot of shingles appear to be loose, you’ll need to get a roofing contractor out right away. If you aren’t able to get up on your roof to check for yourself, contact a roofing contractor to do an inspection.
Look for Water Damage
Especially if there were open or broken points of entry to your home, you’ll want to check your home carefully for water damage. Water can seep into the walls and cause mold growth that can be very harmful to your health and the health of your family. Make sure that you address any water damage immediately by cleaning up the area as best you can and calling a contractor.
While many people call different contractors for each of these areas, we actually handle all of these and other construction and roofing projects. We are very experienced in caring for homes after a tropical storm or hurricane. Contact us today for more information.