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Take stock of storm damage

Wth the weather that’s blown through this week, it’s perhaps a wise choice to look at what might seem to be insignificant wind or storm damage with a critical eye.

Inspect for problems:

• Cover holes in or on your home’s roof or windows. This will keep water from damaging your home’s interior.

• Do the same for your car’s broken windows. Cover broken windows to help protect against rain and outside elements causing further damage to the inside of your vehicle. Clean out glass from the car’s interior to prevent cuts in the upholstery and fabric.

• File an insurance claim promptly. Call your agent or insurance company as soon as you notice damage.

• Save all receipts for what you spend repairing your home. Submit them to your insurance company for reimbursement.

• After wind or earth movement events you should look for wall cracks in spots where you didn’t have cracks before. Cracks of a quarter inch or more are signs your walls may have shifted or settled. Look carefully around windows and doors because these are typically the weakest spots in your construction.

• Make sure to closely check rooms you don’t usually use.

• Look for cracks or signs of lifting in your foundation. Look outside for physically visible, new cracks in your home’s foundation. Look inside for changes in the levelness of your floors. Changes in the level of your floor could be signs of a lift in the home’s foundation.

• Inspect your plumbing. Look closely around your water heater and or water softener for signs of water leaks that did not exist before. Flush all your toilets, turn on all your water faucets, and check connecting pipes for leaking water.

• In the days or weeks after a tornado, check walls and ceilings for water stains or yellowing that could be signs of unseen damage on your roof.

• Carefully inspect your outside gutters. Damaged gutters could cause water damage inside your home long after the actual gutter damage occurs.

 

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