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4/7/2021 (Permalink)

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Learn how to recover your property following an ice storm

Ice storms in Atlanta can lead to significant damage to properties. These damages need to be urgently dealt with to prevent any long-term complications to the property. It is essential not to hesitate to reach out to a professional storm damage restoration company. 

The team at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta is highly equipped with knowledge, experience, and tools to tackle these disasters with confidence and success. They are available all around the year, 24/7, to provide expert services during storms and disasters of all scales. 

Ice storm recovery 

An ice storm's aftereffects can seem highly daunting, so the first and foremost thing to do is stay calm and composed. Remaining calm will allow you to focus better on your property's management and recovery and make better decisions. First, confirm that everyone in your family is safe and transferred to a dry and warm place. It is recommended to vacate an ice-damaged area. When an ice storm hits, ensure that the walkway and driveway are cleared of snow build-up and apply de-icing product to avoid any chances of slips. 

Document the ice storm damages

It is essential to document all the losses by taking photographs of absolutely everything and making a list of damaged materials. Documentation and proof can come in handy for home insurance claims. Restoration experts at SERVPRO know what kind of images insurance professionals are looking for; they will take all the necessary images and help you get back on your feet. 

Getting the recovery process started as early as possible will save you more money in the long run. When water damages sit for too long, they can begin to cause secondary damages to a property's structure. To avoid further damages to your personal belongings, you will want to remove any vital furniture or personal documents to a safer place away from the affected areas. 

What are Ice dams?

The majority of home damages following an ice storm are Ice dams. An ice dam is caused by the accumulation of ice on the edge of a roof that prevents water or melting snow from draining off the roof. Water from melting snow refreezes towards the edge of the roof and forms an ice dam. 

How do ice dams cause water damage?

Ice dams prevent water from melting snow to drain off the roof and instead cause a water backflow. A property will be left with loose shingles and water leaking within the roof, ceiling, and walls within no time. Additionally, the heavyweight of ice dams can lead to structural damage and misalignment of gutters, causing the water within the gutters to get misdirected and accumulate around the property leading to severe water damage. 

How to check for ice build-up?

Ice build-up needs to be monitored very closely as it can lead to devastating consequences for a property. Observe closely to assess the level of ice that has built up over the roof. Most roofs can handle a substantial amount of ice without collapsing, but it's not uncommon to experience a collapsed roof or loosened shingles after an Atlanta ice storm. 

When an ice storm hits, look for icicles around the roof and gutters. Icicles can be dangerous, and regardless of their position and orientation, they should be dealt with thoroughly once it is safe to be outdoors.

Also, the presence of ceiling water stains, seepage, or chipping paint in and around exterior walls may suggest significant ice build-up. It is strongly recommended to contact a professional ice damage restoration company to restore the property. 

Does insurance cover ice damage?

The insurance policies on damage caused by an ice storm are somewhat challenging to grasp. It is common for damage to windows and roofs caused by high-speed wind and falling trees is generally covered by standard insurance policies. 

Water damage caused by burst and frozen pipes are covered by insurance if the pipes were previously in healthy conditions. If the water damage were due to negligence and not the ice storm's extent, it would not be covered by insurance. Furthermore, insurance may cover the cost of repairing or replacing a collapsed roof following serious damage due to an ice storm.

Contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Downtown Atlanta if your Atlanta property has recently been affected by an ice storm. Our IICRC certified professionals are available 24/7 for all emergency and non-emergency calls. 

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