Assessing Your Home for Storm Damage
Floridian homeowners should be aware of two things: how to prepare their property for a hurricane and how to assess their property after the storm has passed. Property damage caused by hurricanes or tropical storms can sometimes be difficult to spot, but lead to serious issues down the line if not detected and repaired quickly. Here are some tips for assessing your property after the storm has passed and it is safe to do so:Check the Interior Ceiling and Walls
Roof damage caused by a hurricane or tropical storms high winds is extremely common, which can lead to interior roof leaks. Walking through your home and examining the ceiling and walls for any bubbled paint, discoloration, or sagging may help you detect water damage caused by a roof leak before it becomes a larger problem.Do a Walk Around of the Exterior of Your Home
Just like examining the interior of your home, the same signs of water damage may be present on the exterior of your home, indicating some form of damage. Bubbled paint, discoloration, or sagging may evidence water damage and cracks, chipped paint, or holes in the stucco may evidence damage caused by storm debris impact.Check All of Your Windows
Damaged windows can lead to water entering your property or other issues. You should check all of your home's window frames to ensure they are still properly sealed and looking at the panes for any signs of cracking or other damage.Inspecting the Roof for Visible Damage
If you see debris on your roof, missing or cracked shingles, or water pooling on your roof from damaged gutters, it may indicate your roof was damaged by the storm. Roof damage can lead to interior leaks and damage to your home's insulation.
If you find any damage to your home after a hurricane or tropical storm, you should contact your property insurance company to file a claim. If the damage is not significant and you have a higher hurricane deductible, you may want to contact a public adjuster or other inspector to assess your property's damage before filing a claim with your property insurance company.
If you filed a claim with your property insurance company for hurricane or tropical storm damage and they are denying, partially denying, delaying, or underpaying your claim, it may be time to contact an attorney. Contact our office today for a consultation.
This article is not intended to be legal advice nor create an attorney-client relationship.