How To Determine The Damage A Storm Did To Your Home

It is difficult to predict how a storm might affect a property. It is crucial to inspect your home immediately after it has become safe.

A homeowner can check their home to assess the damage that may have been caused by the storm. This is essential for insurance reporting purposes.

Analyzing the structure

The American Red Cross describes damage that a storm could do to homes. Assess the structure in general. The structure that appears to be in danger of falling apart or is close to collapse could lead to severe future damage and even death. It is easiest to find a damaged structure by opening doors to see if they are difficult to open. You should not force doors open as this could cause further damage to the structure.

Examining the ceiling and floors

Next, inspect the ceiling and floors. Many times, the damage caused by a storm will be obvious. Some damage is obvious, while others are more subtle and may require the person to search for them. Water damage could be indicated by discolored or sagging areas on a ceiling or floor.

Take a look at the outside

Finally, take a look at the exterior of your home. You can easily see out the front door to find out how severe a storm is. Before you even step outside, the cracks in the sidewalk and the debris around will tell you a lot about the house.

It will be easier to get insurance in the future if you carefully document all signs of damage.

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