One of the devastating factors of severe weather is the property damage on homes, although water damage can be mitigated with some precautionary measures there is always the unknown that can happen. Home is where we live and experience the community that is dearest to us. When this place gets damaged, it can be stressful and disheartening. The emotional drain can really take a toll. You need to get your home back to the pre-loss condition. The problems caused by water and wind damage should be repaired by professionals that can handle the task properly. If the work is done improperly, it can cause further losses in the future.
When your home is hit with water damage, the first step is to remove standing water using squeegees or a wet/dry vacuum. Move all wet furniture out to get them dry quickly. Fans are a great way to speed up the drying process. According to the season, turn up the heat or the air conditioning to get the moisture out quickly. Excess moisture will quickly attract mold and cause other structural damage that can be costly.
Rohrer for Construction will restore your home to the condition that it was before the damage. You’re dealing with various issues such as microbial growth, and wood damage to water retention. Anywhere from one hour to one day is all it takes to cause severe damage to your home.
Storm and hail damage will require temporary tarps and boarding up of broken windows during the repair process. If the roof has been damaged, it will require a replacement, especially when a tree has fallen. In which case, the home needs to be checked for further structural damage as well. If only the shingles have come off, only repair work may be needed.
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The basic process of inspection and drying is only the beginning. In some cases, when the damage is severe, you may need to leave your house for some time till the restoration is completed. This is to ensure you’re not exposed to any harmful or hazardous substances due to the damage. After all the water is removed, use dehumidifiers to get rid of any moisture left in the walls and other parts of the home. If there is damage in your carpets, kitchen, walls, be ensured that all the damage can be corrected and your home restored to the previous condition. But depending on the extent of the damage, you may need to vacate your home for up to one month. If there is structural damage, the time could be a bit more, depending on the severity of the damage.
Storms and floods can do quite a bit of damage to the plumbing system of your home. The pipes within and outside the home need to be inspected for damage. The sewage can potentially get backed up in the shower, under the toilet, or other areas of your home. What’s worse is when the main sewer line is clogged or cracked. These are deep internal issues that need professional attention.
Strong winds can pry off some shingles from your roof and cause leaking into your home. If the winds are violent or if a tree falls on the roof, of course, you looking at more serious damage to the roof. For the short term, a temporary solution to cover the exposed area of the roof can prevent further water from coming into the home, but you’ve got to move quickly for repairs or move out till the repair work is completed.
During storms and flooding, electrical problems can cause severe consequences. So it’s vital that appliances are unplugged from their source of power during extreme and damaging weather. Be cautious about frayed wires and look out for sparks. In case of structural damage, you can have wires exposed, causing further danger. If you can locate the main power switch for your home, it’s best to keep it off till you get professional help. It’s also a good idea to keep away from metal fences as they could carry electricity from fallen utility wires.
Your home is your abode and your place of rest. But severe weather and other natural calamities can be a problem. In such situations, the danger is more clear and severe. This is where caution is needed and you need to avoid doing things yourself. Make sure to call a professional contractor who can handle such tasks. You don’t want to put your family in danger. With a professional touch, you can get your home back to the previous condition, or even better. Water and wind damage carry various risks, but if you’re alert and cautious, you can be safe and get things back to normal.
Flooding is the top killer in nationwide severe weather conditions. Although floods can take hours to days to develop, the most dangerous type is flash floods. These can wipe out everything and everyone in their path. When floodwaters remain high for days, this can cause severe property damage to homes in the area.
Thunderstorms can build up to a tornado force with damaging winds, lightning, and even hail with heavy winds. For Illinois, these forceful thunderstorms frequently occur in the late afternoon or evening. Such severe weather causes severe property damage all over the state.
Tornadoes produce a violent, rotating column of air that reaches all the way to the ground. They can potentially be up to a mile wide and 50 miles long. The most severe tornadoes can have winds up to 318 mph.