What To Do After a Storm
In the Pacific Northwest, storm damage can occur almost year round and can cause a tremendous amount of damage to your home. Heavy rainfall can potentially cause flooding, and those strong winds coming out of the Columbia River gorge can equal down trees on your property. After the storm damage can also create health and safety challenges as well. It is wise to have a strategy in place to help you be ready in the event of storm related damage to your home.
Strong winds and rain can create tangible physical hazards such as falling or collapsed roof materials, broken window glass, compromised wall structure and standing and possibly stagnant water in the basement or crawl space. Additionally, moisture can permeate into carpets, furniture, drapes and walls, creating an ideal environment for unhealthy mold to flourish. Turn off your main gas line if you smell gas. Use caution and keep an eye out for broken glass, exposed nails and other sharp objects. Contact SERVPRO of NW Portland as soon as possible to start the remediation process. It may be necessary to make alternate housing arrangements while your home is being restored.
If you can safely navigate around your property, take as many photos of your property as you can to provide to your insurance company. This will help with insurance compensation.
Contact Your Insurance Provider
Alert your insurance agent of your homes damage immediately. An adjuster will be dispatched to assess the damages to your home. SERVPRO of NW Portland can help your navigate this process.
When storm related disaster strikes, you may be filled with a myriad of emotions, but having these steps in place can help you start the process of getting your life back to normal. SERVPRO of NW Portland offers 24/7 disaster restoration services. We are always here to help. 503-283-3658