Repairing storm damage is a tough task, but you are not alone. Many others have gone through what you currently have to deal with, so there is help available. From cleaning up the storm damage to working with insurance companies, the Emergency Response Services team has you covered with our guide below. Keep reading to learn the first steps you should take to recover your property after a storm hits.
Safety FirstThe first concern is your safety and that of your family or employees. Make sure to keep the following in mind:
- Look out for loose debris hazards including glass shards and exposed nails
- Stay away from downed powerlines
- Use a flashlight instead of a candle to prevent fires
- Smell for gas – if you notice a foul smell, turn off the gas line, open any windows (if you can do so safely), then call the company once you are outside
Document the Damage to Your PropertyLet’s begin with your roof. The top of your building is where the most costly damage tends to happen. If a tree or large tree branch fell on your roof during a storm, you could have damage to the structure of your building. Examine your roof for the following:
- Split seams
- Missing, loose, or cracked shingles
- Debris caught in the downspouts or gutters
- Leaks in your ceilings
- Dents to your vents
Get in Touch with Your Insurance ProviderInsurance companies are super popular after a natural disaster. Get in touch with your provider as soon as possible, even if you haven’t been able to make a full assessment yet. Your provider will give you the next step instructions on how to make a claim. Make sure to write down your claim number as well as recovery and repair service providers such as Emergency Response Services.
Partner with the Right ContractorNow is not the time to be running around. Make sure to partner with an emergency service provider that you can trust to help you recover your property and get back to business as usual and living your life. A sloppy job can lead to problems down the line, including health-related issues. Water damage can lead to mold, a serious health risk. Here at Emergency Response Services, we have seen the worst that nature can do to homes and businesses. Call us 24/7 to get the experience and knowledge that only comes from years of recovery jobs. Contact the experts at Emergency Response Services today by calling (877) 562-3663 to chat through your options.
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Fireplace Safety: Stay Warm & Safe This Winter Nothing comes close to the familiar feeling of cozying up next to your fireplace with the family. At ERSI Fire & Water, we also love the simple joys of life. However, as a fire restoration company, we know better than anyone, that without taking proper precautions, your fireplace can become a major hazard to your home and life. Use these fireplace safety tips to ensure your winter is warm and wonderful. Fireplace Safety Tips Chimney fires are the most common type of heating fire in the U.S. With such a high prevalence,
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As a homeowner, you want your property to look and feel its best. Nuisance issues such as mold not only pose health concerns, but also detract from the appearance of the home. Thus when you find spores growing, a common question to ask is: can you remove mold yourself? The answer will depend on the circumstances and severity of the fungal invasion. After all, mold exists everywhere due to moisture. A good rule of thumb for answering if you can remove mold yourself is that if you find spores on building materials such as drywall, subflooring, studs, or elsewhere, and the area extends beyond ten square feet,
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