With hurricanes and “superstorms” being on everyone’s minds at the moment, there has been a great deal of discussion about emergency preparedness. Beyond that, we need to think of the aftermath and what that means for folks who have to deal with the post-storm cleanup and home improvements necessary after a major storm. Massive storms are no longer a rarity so it is important to know what to do to take care of our property and ourselves. This is the third blog in a series of three, dedicated specifically to this topic.
After the storm has passed, the wind has died down, the water has receded and the house has been dried out comes even more work, the work of bringing your home back up to its previous state. Your home may have suffered minor damage or major destruction so this step will be different for everyone.
A licensed home improvement contractor can help you get the ball rolling and make the task much easier. Please be careful though. Unfortunately, there are some fly-by-night operations that tend to swoop in after natural disasters and take advantage of people during difficult times. These scam artists are sometimes called “storm-chasers.” This is why it’s important to work with a well-established, reputable company from your area. If you are unsure, ask friends, family or even your insurance adjuster for referrals to a good general contractor.
Storm damage can vary; here are some of the most common repairs or home improvements that you are likely to have to contend with:
• Hurricanes or heavy winds often blow out or break windows or doors that then need replacing.
• Roofs bear the brunt of most storms and can have missing shingles or downspouts, damaged fascia or more serious structural damage from falling tree limbs.
• Siding frequently gets blown off of houses.
• Storms can really wallop mature trees leaving the upturned and strewn about. Landscaping or tree removal companies may need to be called in to remove them. The debris left behind can also be quite major. (Of course, you should never try to clear trees or debris that are touching power lines. Call your local utility to let them know of the situation.)
• Mold remediation and basement refinishing is generally required after major flooding.
• Decks, porches and home additions sometimes need to be replaced or repaired.
Storm damage can be obvious but there can also be less visible issues that you aren’t immediately aware of. It’s a good idea to inspect your home for any hidden damages that you may have overlooked.