If your home suffered damage during Hurricane Irma, there’s a good chance you’ll be contacting a Tampa handyman service in the coming weeks. Before that happens, you’ll need to check your home so that you know which repairs your home needs. The following guidelines will help you perform a hurricane damage inspection on your home before contacting a handyman service in Tampa.
Review Insurance Policies
If your home suffered damage after Hurricane Irma hit Tampa, much of that damage may be covered by your home insurance policy or your flood insurance policy. Before checking for hurricane damage, carefully review these policies so that you know what type of damage is covered, what protocols you need to follow when filing a claim, and what could disqualify you from coverage.
Think “Safety First”
Tampa homeowners checking for damage after Irma need to be careful of the safety risks posed by hurricane damage. Wear protective gear and clothing, be careful not to stand beneath loose objects or rely on them for support, and closely inspect areas for sharp surfaces, broken glass, and other injury risks. Be extremely careful when it comes to electricity! Avoid all downed and exposed wires and never enter a flooded room while the power is still on.
Know Where to Look
After Irma, every homeowner in Tampa should perform a detailed exterior inspection for home damage. If your home suffered flooding or was damaged in a way that exposed your home’s interior, you will also need to perform a full or partial interior inspection. During your inspection, keep a detailed written record of any damage that you find and take plenty of well-lit, high-quality photos.
Here are seven crucial areas you will need to check during an exterior inspection:
- Check your roof for damaged, loose, and missing shingles.
- Check your gutters and downspouts for damage, loose sections, and blockages.
- Check the electrical service entrance for damage or instability (only perform a visual inspection).
- Check trim, fascia, and shutters for damage and loose sections.
- Check your exterior vents for damage and blockages.
- Check fences for damage and loose sections.
- Check trees for loose, broken, or partially broken branches.
Make Emergency Repairs
Non-urgent repairs may need to wait until your insurance company has a chance to assess them. However, two types of repairs should be performed immediately. If a damaged area makes your home or part of your home unsafe, this needs to be fixed as soon as possible. You will also need to perform an temporary repair on any areas that are vulnerable to further damage. Tampa homeowners may wish to contact a handyman to ensure these repairs adequately prevent damage from worsening.
Need a quick repair for home damage caused by Hurricane Irma? Contact ANDY OnCall at (813) 961-2600 for a free initial estimate from Tampa’s trusted handyman service.