Winter and summer storms can be devastating, leaving behind a trail of destruction in their wake. When thunder and lightning are accompanied by strong winds and heavy rain, they can cause all sorts of damage to buildings and homes. Storm damage can also be hazardous and pose a significant risk to the safety of individuals in the affected areas. Storm damage clean-up is crucial for several reasons, including:

Safety

Storm damage can create unsafe conditions, such as fallen power lines (contact authorities immediately), broken glass, and debris. It is essential to remove these hazards to ensure the safety of individuals in the affected area.

Prevent Further Damage

Storm damage can weaken the structural integrity of a building or home. If left unaddressed, this damage can worsen and lead to additional issues such as leaks, mould growth, internal damage (i.e. ceiling collapse) and even structural damage.

Insurance Claims

Insurance companies require prompt action to assess and document the storm damage. Failing to do so may result in denial of your insurance claim.

 

The Clean-Up Process

 

The clean-up process after a storm typically involves the following steps:

1. Safety Assessment

The first step is to assess the safety of the area. This involves checking for potential hazards, such as broken glass or unstable structures. If the site is deemed unsafe, it should be cordoned off until it is made safe.

2. Documentation

Documentation of the damage is essential for insurance purposes. This involves taking photos and videos of the damage to the building or home and any personal property that has been affected.

3. Temporary Repairs

Temporary repairs may be necessary to prevent further damage. This may include tarping over damaged roofs, boarding up broken windows or doors, and securing damaged structures.

4. Debris Removal

Debris removal involves clearing the area of any storm-related debris, including fallen trees, branches and other items. This debris should be disposed of properly, according to local regulations.

5. Structural Repairs

Structural repairs are necessary to address building or home structure damage. This may include repairing or replacing damaged roofs, walls, windows, doors, and other structures.

6. Mould Remediation

Mould can proliferate in damp, humid conditions like those left behind after a storm. Mould remediation involves removing mould growth and addressing the source of moisture that caused the mould to grow.

 

 

In conclusion, storm damage can be devastating, though prompt action and proper clean-up can help prevent further damage and ensure the safety of individuals in the affected area.

When facing storm-related damage to your building or property, reaching out to IPS is the right move. As a team of experienced professionals, we are equipped to tackle the issue promptly and effectively. Not only will we address the immediate repairs, but we can also organise and schedule the necessary restoration work.

Additionally, our expertise extends to safeguarding and recovering any important archival documents you may have, as well as liaising with your insurers to streamline the claims process. By entrusting your storm damage restoration to our capable team, you can prevent further deterioration and restore your home or building in a timely and efficient manner.

Contact the experts at IPS

If you are left dealing with storm damages, consider contacting IPS to perform a thorough inspection as soon as possible. Contact IPS today.