It’s unfortunate, but there may be times when your home suffers from serious damage. If that’s the case, you have a few different options. If it’s total destruction, you may have to move to a new location. Or, if the damage isn’t too severe, you can choose to go the repair route.
Some of the cases where repair might be possible include if your house has been damaged by fire, flooding, a structural issue, or even wind and weather. Each of these cases requires certain types of repair, and that they will often be in conjunction with insurance.
If your house has been damaged by fire, then there are a few consequences. First of all, any wood that has been burned will have to be replaced. And, smoke does a lot of damage even to areas that weren’t directly on fire. Smoke damage can affect furniture, walls, directions, and even insulation and roofing. After a fire, make sure to have an inspection done so that you don’t miss out any important details of things that need to be replaced.
In the event of flooding, a different series of repairs may be needed. The biggest thing that happens is that after flood, different places in your house may begin to mold. And if the water damage occurred inside of the walls, you may not even be able to see the mold. But, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t there, or that it won’t smell eventually, or that it isn’t hazardous to your health. Particularly if you end up with black mold in your home, that can require some serious damage control from companies that specialize in that sort of removal.
In areas where earthquakes are likely, you may end up with structural issues. If you have a basement, the walls may start to crack. At that point, you may have to call a contractor to decide if you want to seal the cracks in your basement or do a full foundational repair. This can be quite expensive, so that’s why it’s important to do a triage in case it might not even be worth it to stay in that house.
Wind and Weather
Wind and weather can also cause severe damage to your home. In the case of wind, a good gust or something like a tornado or hurricane can blow shingles right off your roof. Other severe weather can cause broken windows or blown-off siding. After any major windstorm, make sure to do a quick visual inspection of all of the external areas of your home. If you see anything out of place, make sure to repair things as soon as possible, so no further damage occurs.