Storms can be very unpredictable. They may impact an area with little to no warning. Although weather tracking may provide us with a better idea of the intensity of any storm, mother nature may have a different plan in store. We all try our best to prepare in advance, in hopes that we will minimize any and all damage they may cause. However, preparing for storms does not completely free our homes from storm damage. After storms make landfall and have taken their course; many will find themselves facing the fact that their properties have been partially or fully damaged.
The post storm clean-up is a daunting task that you should not take on yourself. Not only is it dangerous, but it can cause further damage to your home and, or even put you and your family in harm’s way. Leave the clean-up and the restoration to us. At JD Restorations we have the experience and knowledge to effectively restore your home, after violent weather has struck. When we think storm, we automatically think hurricane when in fact there are more storms that affect homes. Some of those that affect Florida the most are:
- Lightning Storms
- Hail Storms
- Tropical Storms
- Thunder Storms
- Flooding caused by rain storms
- Tornadoes caused by wind storms
- Wind Storms
Storm Damage Restoration
If you are a native Floridian or if you have traveled to the state, you will always keep one thing in mind. Its weather. They call it the Sunshine State, but at times it feels like that is the least you see. With constant rain and wind homes are affected and all that remains is storm damage. Whether it’s a couple of shingles missing, to a leak, weather is sure to have a negative impact on residential structure.
Storms may leave many different types of damage to a home. Whether the damage be directly correlated to the storm or not, storm damage is best handled through a professional company that has the expertise and knowledge on how to efficiently handle the process. At JD Restorations we take care of you and your home as if it were our own. From the moment you contact us we take charge of the situation. Did the storm come by over the weekend? We are there no matter what time it is. We are available 24 hrs. a day, 7 days a week.
The storm damage restoration process is an intricate set of steps, that are followed accurately. An overview of the process is listed below.
- Our professionals inspect the area to identify the damages.
- Carefully, they will extract water (in most cases a water damage restoration is required), remove debris or any other fragment of broken material.
- A complete cleaning and sanitation of the affected areas are done.
- Using top of the line tools, our technicians will dry all the surfaces (floors, carpets or furniture) and dehumidification of the areas will be completed (if necessary).
- Removal of any damaged material of the home.
- Another phase of cleaning and sanitation is completed.
- Final cleaning and sanitation are done.
- Disposal of all debris is completed.
If water damage is present, the dehumidification process is ultimately incorporated to the process and steps that would eliminate excess water and water damage are integrated to the storm restoration process.
What is a storm?
A storm is referred to as a disturbed state of the atmosphere that causes severe water movement. It may involve some or a conjunction of the following:
- Heavy precipitation
- Strong Winds
Storms are very dangerous and have different levels of magnitude. Do not be fooled, at any intensity storms are dangerous and the aftermath they leave as well. In the event of a storm, it is crucial that you follow some simple steps. These steps are crucial in the preparation stages and help getting your family ready for a worst-case scenario and in preventing further damages to your home.
Storms and Storm Damage
After a storm has passed, you will need to assess the storm damage. At this point it is a good idea for you to safely evaluate the situation. In order to assess damages, you want to make sure that you do the following:
- Check for locations of damage.
- Photograph the damaged areas.
- Safely, remove debris from accessible areas.
- Keep clear of damaged buildings, downed power lines and trees.
- If your area has been affected by flooding, remain indoors in an area where you can stay above the water.
- Do not drive through affected areas unless it is necessary.
Depending on the damages, you may be able to commence the clean-up. The safest approach is to bring in a company specialized in storm recovery to do it for you. At JD Restorations, we have an emergency storm response team waiting to come out and start the clean-up.
Please note: never do anything that is deemed unsafe yourself.
Precautions before storms
Although we specialize storm damage restorations, your safety is our number one concern. Once you are made aware that a storm is going to affect your area, it is best to be prepared for the event as much as possible. Here are some important tips to follow in the event that a storm is threatening your area:
- Have all emergency contact numbers at hand. Write them on a piece of paper or cardboard. Place them in a visible and accessible location (refrigerator, next to the telephone or at your home’s entrance). Try to have a mobile phone with a fully charged battery and if possible, a fully charged battery pack that is compatible to your cellular device.
- Safety comes first! The safer you are, the better. Be sure you secure your home. Close and secure all doors and windows.
- Store all important documents in a waterproof container or bag. Even though they have been placed in waterproof receptacles, keep them in a location well above ground level. Use high cupboards or shelves but always in close proximity to your location and with easy access.
- Make sure that all loose objects around the home are stored away or properly and securely tied down. These items may include: garden furniture, umbrellas, trampolines, garbage cans, pottery etc. This step prevents strong winds from picking the items up and making them projectiles. In case of a flood, they may break windows, block doors and become hazards for first responders attempting rescue.
- Have lanterns and flashlights at hand. Most storms affect power lines and may cause power outages.
- Keep drains and gutters clear of debris. This prevents minor flooding from occurring.
- Buy air brick covers, sand bags or flood boards to block doorways.
- If you live in the immediate areas at risk for hurricanes, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages you to be prepared for hurricane season. Hurricane season is from June 1 through November 30 each year.
In Florida all areas are hurricane prone areas stay safe and protect your home.
Before a storm you take the necessary steps to prevent storm damage. Now, do you know what to do during the storm? When you and your family know what to do during emergencies, you can be safer. We also have some suggestions for you:
- Stay indoors and away from windows.
- If outdoors, shelter away from drains, gutters, creeks and waterways.
- Be prepared for power outages.
- Floodwater is dangerous! Never drive, walk or ride through floodwater.
- Floodwater is toxic! Never play or swim in floodwater.
Remember to contact JD Restorations, our technicians and staff are ready to ensure that all your questions and concerns are being answered and attended to. We will come out and assess your property and start working on preventing further deterioration and damages.