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While there are plenty of home improvements you have planned for your home, there are some repairs and improvements that happen because of things outside of your control. Often, these are due to bad (some would say terrible) weather. From heavy snow to whipping winds or torrential rain, many storms can put your home at risk. So, how can you avoid the stress and possible dangers that can occur after a storm? Here are four areas you cannot ignore.
The Roof and Attic
The roof and the attic are the two most common areas that encounter damage after a storm. Rainwater and flying debris can affect the structural integrity of your roof, which puts your home at severe risk of further damage if you do not act quickly.
Gaps in your roof increase the risk of water getting in, which could rot your home’s beams and cause it to collapse later on. But, as the roof is often out of sight and out of mind, people don’t always carry out a thorough inspection. Looking at a roof or ceiling repair service can identify any potential issues and solve them before they impact your home more severely.
The basement is another part of the home you need to focus on after a storm. Gravity will naturally force water to the lowest possible point, and this could lead to a wet basement and put your home at risk.
If your basement floods regularly, you will automatically check the area after a storm. However, if your basement rarely causes any issues, it’s easy to ignore. Failing to clear standing water from a flooded basement can affect the foundations and encourage dampness and mold growth. These pose substantial health hazards that you must remove to protect your family.
Your Insurance Claim
As stressful as a storm can be, you need to take clear photographs as soon as possible for insurance purposes. Failing to get photographic or even video evidence of extensive damage could be an expensive mistake as you may not be able to replace or repair everything without it.
However, while it’s important to act quickly, you also need to be careful. Some parts of the house could be dangerous following a storm, so act with care and caution so you don’t put yourself or anyone else at risk. If possible get someone to help you reach different areas for photographs.
Your Mental Health
The final area you need to consider after a storm is your mental health and the well-being of your family. Storms can be scary and dangerous, and if you have lost something sentimental, they can have a significant impact on your mental health.
The same goes for any expensive repairs, especially if you are not as financially stable as you’d like. It is easy to feel overwhelmed with what happened after a storm, so finding support and following the proper avenues to overcome any loss or damage is crucial.
After the Storm
Storm damage can come in many shapes and sizes. It can put your home at risk but also your family and your mental well-being. By focusing on these crucial areas after a storm, you can keep your home and your family safe and happy and find it easier to get over any disasters or disappointments.