Everyone knows the risks that flooding and fires can pose to a home, but there is yet another major threat homeowner’s face: wind. Strong winds have the power to uproot trees, tear off roofs, destroy doors and windows, and much more, leaving behind just as much catastrophic damage as the other elements. In fact, in the last year alone, hurricanes and severe storms with high winds caused billions of dollars’ worth of damage to homes across Florida.
If the winds whip up and cause damage to your home, you are not alone. We are here to offer the representation you need when dealing with wind damage insurance claims in Florida, so you have someone on your side to help you get the most from your claim and restore order to your home.
Your First Steps
We are here to get you the compensation you need to repair your house after the storm subsides, but there are a few things you need to do first to ensure the whole process runs smoothly. These simple tasks will help mitigate damages and allow you to collect information that will be useful in maximizing your claim.
- Do not start any major repairs before contacting us.
- Retain personal items that have been damaged.
- If the site is safe enough, take plenty of pictures of the damage, except for roof wind damage, which should be left to a professional.
Taking these initial steps will help us to accurately and effectively build a case for you, so you can receive the largest compensation from your insurance agency.
Avoid Further Damages
While you should not pursue any major repairs until after your claims associate has reviewed your case and visited the site of the damage, there are a few things you should do to prevent further costly damage to your home.
- Keep in mind that wind-driven rain is an issue, especially where major storms are concerned. Use a strong tarp or plywood to cover any broken window or skylight panes in your home.
- Be aware of the damages done to crucial areas of your home that might contain gas, water, or electrical lines. If you are worried that damage poses a hazard in any of these areas, have the utilities shut them off until a professional can assess the situation and perform proper repairs.
- Avoid post-storm injuries by wearing proper clothing while walking on or around any debris. A pair of sturdy shoes, a couple of work gloves, and a long-sleeved shirt are advisable.
Dealing with storm damage is never simple, but we are here to make the cleanup and repair process as smooth as possible by getting you the money you need from your insurance agency. Contact our office today to discuss your claim and to begin working on getting you the compensation you deserve.