Hail is common during thunderstorms, especially in middle south and southeastern states like Tennessee and Alabama. It may not last long, but it can pack a real punch, damaging vehicles, shattering windows, and destroying roofs in the process. Below, we’ve compiled a list of everything you can do during a hailstorm in order to minimize home damage and keep you and your family safe.
Before hail strikes…
Even though it’s impossible to know when hail damage may occur, it’s important to be prepared for anything.
- Clear your eavestroughs of debris to minimize ice dams or water damage.
- Inspect your roof for damage and repair any problem areas. (We can help with that!)
- Store patio furniture and outdoor accessories in an enclosed area.
- Move vehicles into a garage or use a hail protector to avoid costly repairs.
If you happen to be in the process of renovating your home, consider choosing impact-resistant shingles and exterior coverings that are rated to withstand hail, especially if you live in Tennessee or Alabama, two regions prone to hail damage. You can also install permanent or temporary storm shutter systems to protect your windows and other glass surfaces, such as skylights and sliding glass doors.
During a hail storm…
Hailstorms can be scary in the moment, so go ahead and have a plan in place in case you find yourself right in the action.
- Avoid finding shelter under trees or anywhere that could suddenly fill with water.
- Stay inside and away from all windows, glass doors, and skylights.
- Close curtains and blinds to protect yourself from flying debris and glass.
- Keep pets indoors or provide a shelter for outdoor animals.
If you’re driving…
- Pull into a gas station or the nearest covered structure.
- Angle your vehicle so that the hail hits the reinforced windshield over the side and back windows.
- Avoid driving on any roads that look flooded.
After the hail stops…
Once the hail storm is over, you’ll want to get to work ensuring your home is safe and sound.
- If there’s a power outage, turn off all electronics and appliances to avoid power surge damage.
- Use a flashlight instead of candles to avoid fire hazards.
- If you suspect gas leaks, turn off valves.
- Clean up debris and make temporary repairs.
After you’ve determined that there is no imminent danger on your property, it’s very important to assess any long term damage that the hail could have caused.
- Document any visible damage as soon as possible.
- Call Rhythm Roofing to access roof damage that is not in your line of sight or visible to the naked eye. We can also help with your insurance claim to make sure you get everything you deserve.
- Keep records for all clean up costs to help simplify your insurance claims experience.
Schedule your roof inspection now!
If you suspect you might have hail or storm damage for any reason, call us ASAP. Hail and wind damage constitutes an insurable loss that your carrier is required to cover, as long as it’s reported within one calendar year of the storm in question. Plus, since hail is considered an “Act of God, it will not increase your insurance premiums like a leaky toilet or broken pipe would. That’s why there’s no reason to avoid inspecting your roof now, before your storm date passes and your insurance company is no longer accountable to you.