In the aftermath of a heavy rain or hailstorm, the stress of assessing any damage to your home and vehicles may be overwhelming. The Good Hands Advice Team has develop this list of tips to help you navigate a stressful time.
After a storm, and when the conditions are safe, consider the following:
- Window damage is usually the most easily identifiable damage to your home. Inspect your windows for cracked glass and broken seals.
- Check your gutters because they get dents and dimples easily. If your gutters appear to be damaged, there is a good chance there is also damage on your roof. If you suspect roof damage, call a roofing professional to take a look.
- Keep out of any standing water. Hazards from floating debris, sewer contamination, live electrical wires, and slippery footing can make wading in flood waters extremely dangerous.
- Avoid fallen power lines.
- Keep the power off. If you’ve had water damage, do not turn on the power in your home. Ask your hydro company for assistance.
- Record the damage. If possible, and when it’s safe, record details of any damage before you clean up. Take photos and/or video to help with your insurance company’s assessment.
- If you require immediate assistance and reached out to local resources to help with emergency tarping or repairs, please keep all receipts for completed work.
- Contact your insurance provider. Once you’ve assessed the damage as best you can, contact your insurance provider to make a claim or ask questions. If you are an Allstate customer, contact our claims team below and we will be happy to assist.
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