In Houston, TX we can be hit with very high wind storms and flooding. Winds can blow down tree branches or even fully grown trees that come crashing down on top of homes and commercial buildings. Some homes were built in flood zones which can receive major water damage. Houston is no stranger to electrical storms where lightning can strike, causing fire or other damages. When your home has been damaged due to a recent storm you will need help restoring your home. When your home has been damaged by a storm you may wonder how your home can be restored. Disaster Services would like to walk your through the process of storm damage restoration.
Step 1. Inspection of Storm Damage
When your home has been affected by a violent storm and has received some major damages, you should contact a restoration service. The first step is the inspection. During the inspection the restoration specialist will first note the damages to the home. At the same time, they are looking for potential hazards. If there is a hazardous element present within the home, the homeowner will need to evacuate the home and look for temporary lodging. Depending on what hazardous element or conditions are present, the restoration crew may require special safety gear and equipment. It is important that the restoration crew come fully prepared. A thorough inspection is necessary to ensure an efficient and effective restoration of your home.
Step 2. Communicating a Home Restoration Plan
After a thorough inspection the restoration specialist will provide a list of what the home is going to need to be properly restored. They will share their plan on how the home will need to be restored. This will include time frame, labor and material cost. They will provide you with a quote for your home’s restoration needs. You will want to provide a copy of the inspection and quote to your insurance adjuster. If you have storm damage coverage, you will need to be prepared to provide your homeowner’s insurance company with all the information regarding your home repair needs.
Step 3. Site Preparation
Once the restoration service is ready to proceed with the home repairs, the site will need to be prepped. The storm damage might have caused water leaks inside the home. If so, it will need to be dried out. If you have a lot of standing water, the water will need to be pumped out and dried using fans and dehumidifiers. If your home was damaged by trees and other large debris, demolition will be required. When material needs to be cleaned up and removed, a dumpster will be needed on site for cleanup and demolition.
Step 4. Restoration & Rebuilding
Once the site has been cleaned up and prepared, the home can finally undergo restoration. The damaged materials are removed and new materials are put in place. This may include frame work, roof repairs, wall, ceiling and floor repair and replacement. As storm damage will vary so will the restoration. However, the home will be carefully evaluated and repaired to ensure your home is properly restored.