What to Do After a Storm or Flood Damage

What to Do After a Storm or Flood Damage

If winter weather has caused damage to your roof or you’re concerned about a recent storm in your area, you can do a few things as a homeowner. After an issue has occurred, you’ll want to take steps to ensure that any resulting damage does not lead to more costly repairs down the road.

Take a look at the following tips if floods and/or storms have recently damaged your home.

Determine the Cause

If you notice flooding or water damage in your home following a storm or accident, you’ll need to try determining the cause of the issue. Take a look around your home to see if you can find the source of the water. If the flooding is the result of a broken pipe or piece of equipment, turn off the supply.

If the water is coming from your roof, try to pinpoint the area that has sustained damage.

Assess the Damage

Evaluate your home to the best of your ability to determine the seriousness of the damage. Even if you’re not an expert in the field, you can probably gather basic information about the extent of your roofing damage or flooding.

We recommend against getting on your roof, especially if you believe there may be damage. Instead, assess for problems from the ground. Look out for roof penetrations, loose roofing material, or shingles that may have blown off during the storm.

If there is visible damage, be sure to take photos after the storm has passed. This way, you will have documentation that you can use when seeking the help of a roof repair company or filing an insurance claim.

Call Roofing Experts

Before contacting your insurance company, schedule a professional roof inspection. Once they have evaluated the condition of your roof, they can provide you with the necessary documentation to file a claim.

Explore your options before hiring a roofing contractor. By carefully researching the companies in your area, you can better select the best team for your needs. Keep an eye out for storm chasers: contractors who follow the path of severe storms. While they might be persistent, storm chasers are often from neighboring states, meaning they are unfamiliar with the regulations in your area.

Many roofing companies work with insurance coverage providers, so if you need roofers who will collaborate with your agent, ask them in advance of scheduling your inspection.

Contact Your Insurance Provider

Depending on your homeowner’s insurance policy, flood and storm damage to your roof may be covered. Once a roofing contractor has confirmed and documented any damage, contact your insurance provider as soon as possible. The insurance company will send out an inspector of their own to assess the damage before repairs can begin.

If you reside in or around the Englewood, CO area, reach out to Roof Evolution for your roof repair needs. We offer affordable, efficient, professional services and have been doing so for more than two decades! Give us a call today.

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Yes, TPO roofing can be walked on, but it’s important to exercise caution. Walking on the roof can cause damage to the membrane and should only be done when necessary. If you do need to walk on the roof, use a suitable walking surface such as plywood or a plank. And always remember to wear shoes with good treads.

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