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Commercial or Residential Roof Damage: What to do/What Not to Do

8/23/2022 (Permalink)

Severe Roof Damage Severe roof damage caused by a storm.

A severe storm may leave your commercial building, your home or property with damaged windows, walls, or a damaged roof. Acting quickly to avoid further damage caused by natural elements or intruders is essential. The first step is to contact your local SERVPRO professionals and experience our rapid commercial or residential response teams.

What should you do in the meantime?

  • Above all, safety should be your number one priority. Vacate the premises in the event of major roof damage.
  • Stay away from electrical hazards such as electrical lines that may have fallen.
  • Contact the utility company to ensure lines are de-energized.
  • An initial roof assessment should be done from the ground since damage may not always be visible.

What should you avoid while waiting for help?

  • Don't enter rooms where overhead damage may be a safety hazard.
  • Do not attempt to install a tarp during a storm.
  • Don't climb on a roof. The damage is not always visible.
  • Don't walk on tarped surfaces.
  • Do not use a metal ladder near power lines or in close proximity to energized electrical equipment. 
  • Don't attempt to remove debris from the roof

SERVPRO strives to arrive at your property within just one hour of your call. Until we arrive, make sure to keep safety as your main priority when you experience storm damage. Not only we will assist with emergency services we are also equipped to resort your property to pre loss condition and make it "Like it never even happened".

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