Arizona monsoon season brings heavy rains, excessive lightning, and extreme wind to the entire East Valley. Monsoons also bring power outages, downed trees, and other destruction to your home. Do you know what to do if your home is damaged during a monsoon?
The roof of your house is especially susceptible to damage as it is the most exposed part of your home. Trees that offer much needed shade can also cause significant harm to your home. There is also the risk of high winds blowing shingles, or even whole parts of the roof blowing off. When a monsoon damages your roof, there are important measures to take to ensure your home is taken care of.
The most important thing to keep in mind when tending to the damage to your roof is safety! If your home is damaged to the point where you cannot safely inspect it yourself, contact a professional immediately. Water can cause damage below the surface of your roof that is not visible on the exterior. Falling through your roof can not only cause additional damage to your home, but to yourself too.
It is most important to put safety first when managing the damage to your roof. Before completing any of the tasks described below, be sure you can do so safely. If you cannot, contact a roofing expert as soon as possible to schedule an inspection and repair.
Take Lots Of Photos
Once the rain and winds have stopped, you will want to take lots of photos of any damage to your roof. Proper documentation can help when submitting an insurance claim. These photos can also help when receiving a quote from a roofing company. By the time a roofing company is examining the damage to your roof, most of the debris will be cleaned up. This will give your roofer a good idea of the destruction and help explain the damage.
When taking photos for your insurance claim, be sure to ask what specific photos are needed. These images could influence whether your claim is approved or denied.
Contact Your Insurance Company
Notifying your insurance company upon discovering damage to your roof is imperative. By doing so can help you understand what steps you should take to ensure a claim is filed properly. While each insurance company is different, they may recommend you do similar things to file a claim. Again, taking a lot of photos will help with documentation. Your insurance company may also require you to work with specific contractors, whether it be roofers, electricians, HVAC technicians, or even general contractors. Your insurance company may also require specific paperwork and forms to be filed in a timely manner. This is why it is so important to contact your insurance company immediately.
If you have damage to your roof or home after a monsoon, it is likely several others also have damage. You will want to check with your insurance company and then speak to a roofer as soon as possible. The sooner you start making phone calls, the better. It is also important to understand quality roofers do not do inspections in the rain. Getting on their schedule sooner than later will be best.
While waiting on a roofer to completely fix your roof, they may want to install a temporary roof. Doing so can help prevent further damage to your home. A qualified roofing company may not be able to fix your roof for several weeks after a monsoon. They are not only waiting for the rain to stop to safely work, but they may have a backlog of work to catch up on. A temporary roof could be a tarp, pieces of plywood, or anything that is going to prevent additional damage to your home.
Always remember, safety first. If you cannot install a temporary roof without harming yourself, be sure to contact a professional immediately. They will be able to help you with a temporary fix with the proper materials and tools to do so with safety in mind.
Your East Valley Roofer
If you are concerned with the damage caused to your roof after a monsoon this season, contact Craven Construction. Our team of professional roofers are available to assess the damage to your roof, provide an honest and competitive quote, and complete the repairs in a timely manner. We serve the entire East Valley, including Mesa, Scottsdale, and Ahwatukee, and the surrounding areas.
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