Live in Colorado long enough, and you’ll almost certainly have to replace your windshield, roof, screens or gutters after a seasonal hail storm. The damage inside your property caused by hail and Colorado summer storms can be just as bad if not worse than outside, and if left untreated can cause mold to grow in 24-48 hours. By checking for damage after a storm and securing your property against water intrusion, you can prevent further interior destruction and save yourself a lot of money and unnecessary headaches.
If a hailstorm hits your neighborhood, stay inside and away from windows and skylights until you are absolutely sure the danger has passed.
Once it is safe, check your property for missing shingles. When hail or strong winds displace shingles, they leave your roof exposed to the elements, meaning water can easily get inside and cause damage to interior surfaces, insulation and electrical wiring.
Never attempt to get on your roof when it is wet. Instead, inspect the roof from a safe distance for damaged flashing, dented or broken skylights and clogged gutters which can all cause water damage inside of your property.
Walk the perimeter of your property to make sure no fallen tree branches have damaged the exterior of your home or fallen into basement window wells. Besides compromising the window seal and creating heating inefficiencies, small cracks in windows can allow moisture to seep inside and damage the structure as well as your belongings.
If you do find damage to your home, put on safety gloves while you clean up any broken glass and damaged hardware. Next, create a temporary covering for areas where water could enter your home. This may mean using heavy-duty tape to cover broken windows with a plastic tarp, trash bags or another waterproof material. Make sure the edges are well-sealed so no water can trickle under the temporary covering. It may not be a pretty fix, but your home will be better protected until a repair team arrives.
Call a Local Restoration Pro
If there is any good news when it comes to hail damage, it’s that most homeowners’ policies have protections against such losses. So don’t hesitate to call a company like Restoration 1 of Central Denver immediately. These professionals will inspect your property before you call your insurance company and discuss your coverage with you, to help you determine if it’s necessary to file a claim.
A restoration professional can evaluate your structure and conclude whether damage to walls, floors and windows can be handled using seamless repair techniques or if material replacement is necessary. If the damage is only on the surface, certified technicians can set up industrial fans and dehumidifiers, apply antimicrobial treatments and use paint and texture to make walls and floors look as good as new.
If you weren’t at home when the damage took place, and water has been trickling down the walls or pooling on the floor, a restoration pro can use industrial water extractors and sensing technology to measure the moisture level inside the walls and other surfaces of your home. This can help you make the best decision about whether to replace flooring and drywall or employ other mitigation techniques.
Technicians at Restoration 1 of Central Denver are certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, which creates industry standards based on the latest technology.
The staff is certified in the following areas:
● Odor Control
If you have experienced damage from hail, water, fire or mold, call (720) 524-4680 today!