If you’ve been paying any attention to the news lately, you’ve probably already heard plenty about Hurricane Ida. In Louisiana, some residents are now going on two weeks without power. Here in the state of Florida, however, those living on the Gulf Coast mostly faced high winds and heavy storms.
Of course, as Florida residents already know, storm season is no time to get cavalier. In fact, with Tropical Storm Mindy already making landfall in the Florida panhandle, now is the time to take action. And while our state may not have been devastated the way Louisiana has been, many homeowners were still affected by the record-shattering weather Ida brought with it. Keep reading to learn more about what to do if your home has been affected by a hurricane, and remember that for all your storm damage restoration needs, you can count on our team at FP Property Restoration 24/7.
Next Steps to Take If Your Home Was Affected by a Hurricane
- Make Sure Everyone Is Safe: The most important thing to do in the wake of a storm or any major disaster is to ensure the safety of yourself and your family. That means finding another place to stay if there’s even a chance the integrity of your property has been affected, and getting ready to hunker down in the event that more severe weather occurs. Ideally, you will have a plan before you find yourself in this situation, but it’s never too late to check out our list of storm preparation tips. Just remember, as our experts at FP Property Restoration can tell you firsthand, there’s no such thing as “too much” when it comes to hurricane safety.
- Contact Your Insurance Provider: Dealing with insurance companies is already a complicated thing, and dealing with them when you’ve just been through a potentially traumatic event, like a hurricane, is not something anyone wants to think about. However, you must think about it early and often in order to receive the highest possible compensation for any losses you experience during a major storm. Because here’s the tricky part when it comes to storms and homeowners insurance: while storm damage typically is covered, you will have to go out of your way to document everything to the fullest extent. That means contacting your insurer early and often is always going to yield the best results. Also, take pictures, keep a detailed account of anything that has experienced water damage, and be as persistent as possible. Insurance companies will look out for their bottom line above all else, which is why you may have to do a lot of work to benefit from the full extent of your policy. Fortunately, you do not have to do that work alone…
- Call FP Property Restoration: As mentioned above, FP Property Restoration is available day and night when it comes to hurricanes. Our experts are here to help you navigate this time every step of the way, from dealing with your insurance company to offering a range of services to guarantee your property gets up and running again ASAP. With experience in catastrophe response, our award-winning restoration professionals can provide your home with a number of temporary repairs to sustain you throughout the recovery period. When it comes to water damage, we perform everything from structural drying to dehumidification to sewage cleanup. Speaking of which, you can also count on us for top-notch odor removal. And with our licensed mold remediators working ‘round the clock to prevent any nasty mold growth from affecting your health or your property’s structural integrity, FP Property Restoration truly has everything required to help your house feel like a home once again.