Restoration expert: try to prevent further damage after storm

Posted at 9:12 PM, Jul 13, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-14 06:38:03-04

KENT COUNTY, Mich. (July 13, 2014) — During a tragic storm like the one that hit Kentwood last week, homeowners can come under a lot of stress in the wake of the aftermath that weather leaves behind. Also an issue for homeowners is the waiting game for repairs to be completed while dealing with their insurance company and contractors.

Thomas Crawford with Restorations Incorperated said that the tornado that hit southern Kent County on July 6th was the worst devastation he’s seen in almost two decades, and because crews are so busy with repairs, it will be after Labor Day before most of the damage will be fixed.

“Have patience. Everybody is really busy and materials, there’s a high demand for materials in this area,” said Crawford.

Crawford said that it’s important for homeowners to take steps to prevent anymore damage, and in fact most insurance policies require they do.

“Generally the insurance companies want the homeowners to mid agate any further damage and to make emergency repairs. In fact it’s up to the homeowner to do that. It’s really required by their contract to do that,” said Crawford.

The biggest challenge for homeowners with damaged roofs in Kentwood is keeping the water out. Crawford said that sealing holes before crews can complete a repair can be tricky.

“What you want to do like in a roof situation, you want to from the ridge all the way down on a slope of roof otherwise water can get behind shingles,” said Crawford.

Crawford also said to make sure you clear out your gutters, so water can flow easily.

With safety being the first priority, Crawford said that a homeowner should remove as much debris as they can.

The next step is to make a claim with your insurance company and call a cleanup crew to schedule an estimate and repairs.

“If you’ve got a loose tree limb or debris or insecure grill or portcullis furniture, you know secure those items and obviously be very safe,” said Crawford.

Crawford reminds homeowners to be patient, and that many crews are dealing with the highest level of demand they’ve ever expierenced.