Having your home in the path of a hurricane or major storm can be extremely expensive and stressful. Being prepared as well as acting quickly can help you minimize hurricane damages as well as save you time and money in repairs. Read our tips below on how to minimize the damages after a major tropical storm.
While you will need to contact your insurance right away, it is not wise to put off starting your repairs. There are some things you can do to stop additional problems. Here are three reasons not to put off repairing hurricane and storm damage.
Reduce Chances of More Flooding
If you do not repair storm damage right away, you could experience additional flooding in your home. If another storm comes on the tail of the last, you could experience even more water damage on top of the the original damage. This can cost you even more money as well as damage your belongings.
It is extremely important to address any water damage immediately. The faster the damage is repaired, and the area dried out, the less likely you will develop mold. Mold can be a minor inconvenience, or it can end up being a major health hazard. Mildew and mold will develop within 24-48 hours of water exposure. Even worse, it will continue to grow until steps are taken to eliminate the source of moisture, and effectively deal with the mold problem. The longer you wait to start your storm damage repairs, the worse the mold will become. Once mold begins to spread, it can ruin your walls and floors, even in areas that originally had no storm damage.
The key to mold control is moisture control. It’s important to get your home dried out as soon as possible. If electricity is safe to use or if you have a generator, use a wet vacuum to remove standing water and a dehumidifier to help remove moisture.
If weather permits, you should also use fans and open all the windows. Removing water-damaged items, including furniture, carpet, appliances and drywall, will also help prevent further mold growth. The general rule of thumb is if the moldy area is less than 10 square feet (roughly a three foot by three-foot section) you can handle the job yourself. The more you can do to stop mold from growing, the better off you will be in the long run.
It is extremely important to be very cautious when handling mold. Exposure to mold can occur through inhalation, ingestion or skin contact and can lead to asthma attacks, eye and skin irritation and other allergic reactions. If you have health issues such as a weakened immune system, you should leave the job to the professional mold remediation specialists as not to increase your chances of additional health problems.
Avoid Additional Roof Damage
If you have had shingles ripped off your roof, gutters fly off of the house, or siding break loose because of high-speed damaging winds, it is a good idea to get these repaired as soon as possible. Any additional high winds will continue to rip off shingles and siding, especially in the areas that already have existing roof damage and loose pieces. More damage means additional repairs and a larger decrease in your bank account. Depending on the extent of roof damage, this could also lead to more water getting into your home.
MBC Capital for Storm Damage Restoration
MBC Capital is one of the most trusted names in this industry. Our remediation experts are available to provide storm damage services to property owners affected by Hurricane Ian in Ft. Myers, Venice, North Port, Englewood, Pt Charlotte, Naples, and Estero. We are highly skilled professionals with over 20 years of expertise in providing a multitude of services related to storm damage restoration. Also, we are licensed contractors equipped with all the necessary equipment to deal with any disaster situations and provide the best solution. Here are a few reasons to choose MBC Capital over other service providers:
- High standards are maintained at all levels.
- Best rates in the market
- Swift and efficient service