Mother Nature can be devastating. Imagine the power of a tornado able to rip a roof off of a house and level communities in seconds, or a storm surge strong enough to float a house off of its foundation. Fires caused by lightning strikes are not uncommon, either. Even the destructive power of a run-of-the-mill thunderstorm or hail storm can wreak havoc on your property. In the aftermath, clean up and rebuilding can be extensive.
If you have insurance, your first step should be to contact your insurance agent about coverage to repair or rebuild. The insurance company will likely send an adjuster out to inspect the damage. Be sure to comply with the insurance company’s instructions if you plan to use insurance to pay for some or all of the cost of rebuilding.
No matter what kind of disaster your home or business experienced, you will need to find a reputable restoration contractor to help you restore your home to the way it was, or make it even better than before. In most cases, this is not a project for a DIY’er. Some repairs require heavy equipment, a range of licensed contractors, and the ability to repair or rebuild structural elements of the building.
Services Included with Storm Damage Restoration
Storm damage restoration services can range from minimal roof repairs all the way to complete demolition and rebuilding. The precise nature of the services your project needs will depend on the extent of the damage to your property and what needs to be rebuilt. Here is a sampling of the kinds of services that are commonly needed to restore a property damaged by a severe storm with high winds, hail, and flooding:
Debris hauling involves bringing in a dumpster and heavy equipment to remove debris that was torn off of the structure and haul it away. High winds, tornadoes, and micro bursts can send objects flying. When the storm is over, your property may be littered with debris from your property and from elsewhere. It has to be cleared away before rebuilding can begin.
Once rebuilding begins, your contractor will have construction waste. That will be contained in the dumpster and hauled away as necessary throughout the project and when the project is completed.
Window Board Ups
Board ups serve at least two purposes: 1) it protects the property against the elements and further damage; and 2) it helps to secure the property against unwanted guests, such as animals, insects, and humans.
Roof tarping is critical to protect the interior of the building from further storm damage. In many cases, roof tarping will allow the building to continue to be occupied until the roof is permanently repaired or replaced.
Roof damage can be extensive throughout the geographic area after a big rain or snow storm passes through. The demand for roofing contractors can be so great that roofing contractors become backed up to the point that people have to wait a few months to have their roof repaired. In those cases, properly installed roof tarping serves as a temporary fix.
Sometimes, structural damage is visibly apparent. For example, if a tree or heavy limb fell on your home, you probably have structural damage to the roof and parts of the framing.
Other times, structural damage will be detected by a professional home inspector, but it is not readily apparent to a lay person. An example of that kind of damage is foundation displacement or deflection to such a degree that it can no longer support the loads and forces of the structure. It may require special testing and measurements by an engineer. The results of the analysis will dictate the type of restoration and rebuilding work that is needed.
Water Damage Renovation
Water damage, like roof damage, is another common issue for property owners after a storm. But water damage can be caused by events other than storms, such as burst pipes, excessive snow melt, and septic backups, just to name a few.
The services needed to repair and restore a home will depend on the size and structure of the area affected, whether the water was clean or contaminated, and how long the surfaces remained under water. Any water that remains in or around the structure needs to be extracted.
Once extracted, an analysis will be necessary to assess the extent of the damage using state of the art equipment, such as thermal imaging cameras and moisture meters to assess the level of moisture in the drywall, carpet, padding, and subfloor. Frequently, water damage renovation has to include mold remediation.
Siding Damage Renovation
Damage to the siding is usually readily visible. Damage can be caused by hail, ice and snow, or heavy objects colliding into it.
Speak to the Storm Damage Restoration Experts at Monumental Contractors
The professionals at Monumental Contractors are experts in helping property owners like you find the best solution to return your property to a pre-loss condition. Their highly skilled specialists can use state of the art equipment to get answers fast, and their pricing is competitive. Contact them to discuss your project.