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Storm Damage Restoration: 5 Immediate Steps to Take Right After a Disaster

3/26/2021 (Permalink)

Blog Summary: SERVPRO, a damage remediation company serving Austin, TX, and surrounding areas, offers five practical tips on what to do after storm damage to a home or business.

The aftermath of a major storm can be overwhelming. Personal safety and the safety of loved ones naturally come first, but after everyone is safe, what comes next? The 24-hour emergency response team at SERVPRO of Lakeway / Westlake, TX, recommends home and business owners take these five steps right after a disaster to speed up the restoration process.

SERVPRO is a locally owned storm, fire, and water restoration company with the resources of a national franchise. They’ve served North Austin for over 20 years.

Storm Damage Restoration: 5 Immediate Steps to Take Right After a Disaster

Step 1: Evaluate Safety Concerns

Before taking any other action, check that it is safe to enter or remain in the building or call a professional to do so. Disconnect power to any electrical devices that may have been damaged by water. Watch for broken glass, and be sure to wear shoes with adequate puncture protection. 

Look for any signs of damage to the electrical wiring, such as frayed wires, sparks, or signs of fire damage around electrical fixtures. Do not attempt to fix damaged wiring yourself. Cut power to the building and call for help.

Step 2: Call a Storm Damage Restoration Company

Once it’s safe to do so, contact a storm damage restoration company. After a major disaster, many companies book up quickly. The sooner an inspection is set up, the faster the restoration process will get started. Quick action is vital to prevent safety risks and more extensive damage. 

Step 3: Take Steps to Prevent Further Damage

While waiting for a storm damage restoration company, take steps to minimize the damage to the building. Check for any active leaks. For plumbing leaks, turn off the water. For roof damage, place something under the leak to catch as much water as possible. 

Cover any broken windows. A tarp, shower curtain, or even trash bags will suffice if a sturdier option, such as wood, is not available. 

Step 4: Document the Damage

Take photographs or videos of the building, paying close attention to damaged areas. A visual record of damage will be important during the insurance claims process. While a storm damage restoration company will also help supplement that record, having photos from immediately after the damage will provide proof the damage was incurred in the storm. 

Remember to fully document the loss, including things like lost food due to power outages or wall art damaged by flooding. 

Step 5: File an Insurance Claim

After the building is safe and secure and a storm damage restoration company is on the way, beginning the insurance claims process is a solid next step, especially if the structure is uninhabitable. Many homeowners insurance policies will cover the cost of a hotel or short-term rental during the restoration process. 


SERVPRO offers a comprehensive range of building restoration and cleaning services, including water removal, mold remediation, and more.

To learn more about storm restoration services in the Lakeway and Westlake area, contact SERVPRO at (512) 261-4790 or follow their Facebook page for news and updates on storm damage and damage restoration.

Contact Information: 

SERVPRO of Lakeway / Westlake

12600 Hill Country Boulevard
Building – 5 Suite R-275
Bee Cave, TX 73738


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