Plan Ahead For Disasters & Severe Weather Damage
Hot summer days are great but they also make for extreme weather, which is why WINMAR® Property Restoration teams across Canada are often contacted to assist homeowners, business owners, and insurance adjusters with property damage caused by summer storms.
When natural disasters threaten to take the pleasure out of your summer, WINMAR® Property Restoration is ready to help 24/7. We are experts in handling emergency repairs and restorations, but we’re also here to help you feel more at ease when there are interruptions to life, vacations, and summer plans.
Hail Damage, Thunderstorms & Tornadoes
Because of Canada’s varying geographical layout, WINMAR® teams in the West, East, and Central Canada are prepared to handle all types of scenarios.
Regardless of the differences, there are similarities in the work we do to restore your property to its pre-damaged condition.
After an extreme weather event, our technicians are equipped to handle the following upon arrival at your property:
- Inspecting your property for electrical damage or downed power lines, which could be a hazard.
- Checking for water damage and mould growth.
- Looking for any spills, such as gasoline or hazardous materials.
- Inspecting the property for any other hazards or safety issues.
- Taking detailed pictures of damage to all parts of the property.
- Creating a plan to clean and restore your property, contents and belongings.
- Letting you know the next steps so you know what to expect.
How To Deal With Hail & Wind Damage
Hail and wind damage can be particularly devastating for properties, especially when hail becomes large. Damage to surfaces such as shingles and roofing, siding, windows, and decks are typically expected. These issues can lead to other damages, including water damage and the development of mould. It’s important to have a property restoration specialist on-site rapidly to assess damages, mitigate further risks, and get to work on a restoration plan.
When a hailstorm occurs, here are some steps you can take:
- Make sure everyone on the property is indoors and safe if you can. It might be tempting to go outside and move uncovered vehicles or belongings, but this can be very risky. Small chunks of ice can rapidly turn into golf ball-sized hail.
- If you are outdoors when the storm hits, try to avoid taking shelter under trees, in culverts, or in any place that could fill with water or cause debris to fall on you.
- Close your blinds or curtains and stay away from windows in case the glass shatters.
- Call WINMAR® Property Restoration as soon as you can (find a location). We respond as quickly as possible to all calls, with teams and equipment ready and waiting to be deployed at a moment’s notice.
What to Do When You Experience a Thunderstorm
Where thunderstorms occur, there may also be wind storms, both of which can be extremely damaging to properties. Many of us experience severe weather thunderstorms on a regular basis, but some storms are worse than others. Depending on where your property is located, the building and your belongings may become damaged by wind or lightning.
Here are some steps you can take if you experience a powerful thunderstorm and are concerned about storm damage or safety hazards from wind or lightning:
- Stay clear of damaged buildings, which may be a safety risk.
- Draw blinds or curtains over your windows.
- Be prepared for power outages with batteries and flashlights on hand.
- Unplug your appliances in case of a lightning strike, and avoid using water.
- Take shelter in the interior of your home or basement in case of falling trees.
- Contact WINMAR® Property Restoration to have a specialist deployed as soon as possible (find a location).
What to Do When You Experience a Tornado
Tornadoes usually occur in the southern parts of the eastern & prairie provinces in Canada, including Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec. Most tornadoes develop in March through October, with the majority happening between 3 PM and 7 PM.
If you live in a place where tornadoes can start, you’ll know that it can be frightening when a tornado passes near your area.
If you receive a tornado warning, see funnel clouds developing, or suspect the weather conditions could create a tornado, here are some basic steps to take:
- Keep your TV or a radio on and keep your phone handy so you can stay aware of what’s going on around you and call for emergency help or medical services if needed.
- Stay clear of damaged buildings and powerlines.
- Plan for power outages, which are common during tornadoes, by having flashlights and batteries on hand.
- If you can, go to a basement or cellar to take shelter. If you don’t have a basement or cellar, stay clear of windows and take shelter in a small room like a bathroom or closet. Keep your head covered under a table or desk if possible.
- Reach out to WINMAR® Property Restoration as soon as possible to have our emergency crews assess the damage and look for safety issues (find a location).
Putting You at Ease After a Storm
At WINMAR, safety is our first priority, and we are sure it’s yours too. After assessing your property and taking care of the immediate risks, we’ll be available for you at the beginning of the restoration process and until its completion.
So wherever you are in Canada, when the weather gets severe and there’s damage to your home, WINMAR® will always be a phone call away! Contact us today.