Storm Damage Prevention and Restoration in Wilmington
ServiceMaster Restoration of Wilmington is ready to help you with any natural disaster, hurricane, flooding, winds, lightning, frozen pipes, or tornadoes. Mother Nature can call at any time, sometimes with little notice. We are able to respond 24/7/365 to secure your property, damage assessment, tarping roofs, boarding up roofs, water extraction, corrosion mitigation. When response is needed fast, we’re the company to call.
We have two fully stocked warehouse facilities allowing us to have the equipment and supplies needed to respond without any unnecessary delays. Our professional technicians care about you and your family and know how important it is to respond to your loss and help minimize the hassles throughout the restoration process. The restoration company is your choice, so choose one who will work with your insurance company to handle everything for you.
How to prevent wind and water damage:
MAP OUT AN EVACUATION ROUTE
Make sure your gas tanks are full, as you may have to travel long distances inland to find a hotel or shelter.
HAVE AN OUT-OF-STATE CONTACT
Identify an out – of state relative or friend to serve as the official family contact, and be sure all family members have this person’s contact information.
IDENTIFY MEETING PLACES
In case family members are separated from one another during a disaster . Identify two paces to meet; one right outside your home and another outside your neighborhood in case you cannot return home. Make sure everyone knows the address and phone number of your second meeting place. Be aware of how your children’s school or daycare plan in case of a disaster.
HAVE A PLAN IN PLACE FOR YOUR PETS
Make a plan now for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate. Understand that most shelters and hotels will not allow them on the property, so it is critical to determine early on where to house them during a pending storm. Photograph them and make sure they are wearing identification collars in case you lose them during the storm.
PROTECT VALUABLES FROM WATER DAMAGE
Photograph and/or video both the interior and exterior of your home for a record of all valuables. Make two copies, have one and store another in a location, that hopefully will be out of the damage area. Write down serial/model numbers for you more expensive electronics and household items. Make sure to store originals of important documents, including birth certificates, banking and credit card information and medical records in a waterproof container as well.
UTILIZE DIFFERENT FORMS OF COMMUNICATION
Purchase a battery-operated AM/FM radio and/or battery-operated television to keep updated on events. Since most telephones will be out of order when the storm hits, weather radio will be your best source of information. However, make sure your cell phone is fully charged and have a phone charger in the car in case land lines are out for an extended period.
PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY
Close and board up windows with ½ inch marine plywood and make sure to remove all outside antennas. Keep trees and shrubbery trimmed of dead wood and clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts. You should keep extra plywood and plastic for repairs you may need to make after the storm. Be sure to hold onto all receipts to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
KNOW HOW TO SHUT OFF YOUR UTILITIES
In the event that electricity is lost, be sure to turn the main switches in the circuit breaker box to the off position. Make sure all household appliances are turned off, as no one may be home when power is restored. Appliances left on could cause a fire.
REVIEW AND UNDERSTAND INSURANCE COVERAGE
It is important to understand what deductibles in your policy are in place for hurricane damage. You will need to investigate flood insurance, as homeowners policies do not cover water damage that results from a hurricane. Check out the National Flood Insurance Program, which is designed to provide a means for property owners to financially protect themselves when catastrophe strikes.
STOCK EMERGENCY SUPPLIES
Have a basic Emergency kit; gather together the items you will need in a backpack or another easy to carry container in case you must evacuate quickly; make sure each family member has a his own bag/container:
- Potable Water- one gallon per person per day
- Food – ready to eat or easily prepared with a minimum of energy and water
- First Aid kit
- copy of important documents and phone numbers
- Warm clothes and rain gear for each family member
- Heavy work gl
- If you have a generator, you will need to have a supply of fuel (remember to never us e a generator indoors, including your garage)
- Disposable camera
- Personal hygiene items
- If you do not board up your windows you may need supplies such as plastic sheeting, duct tape and utility knife to cover broken windows.
- Blankets or sleeping bags
- Medicines, and special needs items especially for children, seniors or people with disabilities.
- Don’t forget water and supplies for our pets.
Click the links below for printable Hurricane Preparedness Sheets: