4 Common Myths about Storm Restoration Debunked
Blog Summary: The experts at SERVPRO of Lake Travis / NW Austin reveal the truth about storm damage and the storm damage restoration process to debunk four common myths.
Homeowners in the Austin area are no strangers to storms, but a few storm damage restoration myths persist in the area nonetheless. Misconceptions about storm damage restoration can lead to further damage and unnecessary costs—the experts at SERVPRO of Lake Travis / NW Austin, TX, are here to debunk these myths and reveal the truth.
They have restored countless storm-damaged homes and are committed to helping the good people of Austin understand types of storm damage and the restoration process.
4 Common Storm Restoration Myths Debunked
#1: If There Isn’t Visible Damage, There is No Damage
A visual inspection is the first step in assessing storm damage, but it’s a mistake to assume a roof or any other part of a home is unharmed just because there are no visible issues.
Small cracks, dents, or punctures may go unnoticed, but they can still let water into the home or grow worse over time. After a storm, it is important to have a storm damage restoration expert who understands common signs of storm damage perform a complete inspection. This allows them to document the damage properly for insurance purposes.
# 2: Warranties Cover All Roof Damage
Unfortunately, even homeowners with brand new roofing systems cannot rely on their warranties to cover all types of storm damage. Many roof warranties explicitly exclude storm and hail damage, as neither is directly related to the materials or installation process.
If a warranty does cover storm damage, getting an inspection and beginning repairs quickly is vital. Failing to address issues promptly may result in more damage, which the warranty would not cover as it was caused by a failure to act.
#3: Water Removal is Enough to Prevent Mold Growth
Water damage is common following a major storm, whether from roof damage, a broken window, or a burst pipe. While removing any standing water from the area is an excellent first step—it should never be the last step to avoid mold growth.
Any waterlogged building materials, such as sheetrock, need to be dried or replaced if necessary, and efforts should be made to bring the humidity level back to a safe level.
#4: Not Filing a Claim Is an Effective Way to Avoid Rate Increases
Even if a homeowner does not file a claim for storm damage, their insurance rate may increase. As other homeowners in the area will be filing claims, all homeowners in the area will see a rate increase, whether they file a claim or not.
However, in situations where the cost of storm damage restoration would not exceed the deductible on the policy, avoiding the claims process may make sense. Hiring a storm damage restoration company to assess the damage is the first step in either case.
SERVPRO has served the Lake Travis and Leander, TX, area for more than 30 years. They offer a wide range of storm damage restoration services, such as water cleanup and mold remediation. Their team works to make getting back to everyday life after a storm as hassle-free as possible.
For more information about storm damage or the restoration process, contact their team at (512) 318-2202.
SERVPRO of Lake Travis / NW Austin
6500 River Place Boulevard
Building 7 – Suite 250
Austin, TX 78730