Weathering the storm: What to do after a major snowfall

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Kansas recently experienced an unexpected snowstorm, burying the bulk of the metro area in 6 inches of snow. As the snow settles, the real work begins to ensure a smooth recovery process. While this particular storm may not have been “world-shattering” for many residents, it’s a fair reminder of our need to be prepared in the event of unexpected disasters. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the essential steps to take after a major weather event, offering valuable insights on how to restore normalcy to your living or working space.

And, for those seeking professional assistance in the cleanup after a snowstorm (even our most recent one), we’ve partnered with Sage Restoration, experts in emergency services such as water extraction, fire, and smoke cleanup. If you need to make a claim, we highly advise enlisting their services to get yourself back to normal ASAP.

Step one: Assessing the damage and taking stock of the aftermath

Begin by conducting a thorough assessment of your property, inside and out. Check for visible damages such as roof leaks, broken windows, or structural issues. Pay close attention to the foundation and ensure there are no signs of shifting or cracking. Additionally, inspect electrical systems and appliances for any potential hazards.

As you survey the exterior, be mindful of fallen trees or branches that may pose immediate dangers. Note any downed power lines and keep a safe distance. Take photographs or videos to document the extent of the damage for insurance purposes. This documentation will serve as valuable evidence when filing claims. And, perhaps most importantly, consider your own safety and if you are worried about re-entering your home after a major event, consult with professionals before re-entering.

Step two: emergency measures: Prioritizing safety and mitigation

Once you’ve evaluated the damage, focus on immediate actions to safeguard yourself and prevent further harm to your property. Prioritize safety by turning off gas and electrical utilities if necessary. If you smell gas or suspect a leak, evacuate the premises immediately and contact the utility company.

Mitigate risks by securing vulnerable areas. Cover broken windows with plastic or boards to prevent further exposure to the elements. Use tarps or buckets to collect water from leaks and reduce interior damage. If water has infiltrated your home, place towels or buckets strategically to minimize its spread.

Consider seeking temporary shelter if your home is unsafe. Local authorities often provide emergency shelters during severe weather events.

Step three: Dealing with flood and moisture issues

As the snow begins to melt, one of the primary concerns is water damage. Addressing this issue promptly is crucial to prevent long-term structural problems and mold growth. Start by identifying areas affected by flooding or excessive moisture. Remove standing water using pumps or wet vacuums, and open windows and doors to enhance ventilation.

After extracting visible water, focus on thoroughly drying the affected spaces. Use dehumidifiers to reduce humidity levels, aiding in the prevention of mold proliferation. Remove wet or damaged materials such as carpets, insulation, and drywall to minimize potential health risks and accelerate the drying process. Professional water extraction services, like those offered by Sage Restoration, can ensure a comprehensive and efficient restoration of your property.

Step four: Rebuilding and recovery

After mitigating immediate concerns, shift your focus to rebuilding and long-term recovery. Begin by developing a comprehensive recovery plan. This should outline the necessary steps, timeline, and budget for the restoration process. Engage with professionals, such as contractors and restoration experts, to assess the structural integrity of your property and create a detailed plan for reconstruction.

Coordinate with your insurance company to understand the coverage and file necessary claims. Keep all documentation from the initial assessment, as well as receipts and records of expenses incurred during the recovery process.

Partnering with the best

AHI Group is proud to partner with some of the best companies in KS, MO, and NE – like Sage Restoration. The restoration and recovery process is one unspoken part of insurance that often goes underappreciated. Insurance agencies and companies work with top-rated restoration services to ensure their policyholders’ expedited recovery and return to normal.

For further questions about recovering from a major weather event, like a huge snowstorm, give us a call here at AHI Group. We’re more than happy to discuss your needs or give you guidance when you need us most to help you get back to life as you once knew it.