Property Damage: 4 Actions to Take If a Tree Falls on Your San Francisco Home
In 2014, severe storms caused more than $12 million in property damage across the United States. While Fox News says it is unclear how much of this destruction had to do with falling trees, homeowners know how much damage they cause to power lines, vehicles, homes and more. Living in the Bay Area requires disaster planning, as trees are vulnerable to catastrophes and weather.
While diseased and old trees are susceptible to the elements of nature, even healthy trees can split and come crashing down. To prevent property destruction from such an event, call San Francisco Flood Repair at 415-529-5637. Our San Francisco disaster planning team offers more than 15 years of experience, and prides itself on professionalism and expertise.
Here are four steps to take if a tree suddenly crashes onto your home:
1. Get to Safety
Get everyone out of the house and check for injuries. Continuous pressure from the weight of a big tree and consistent weakening of the property’s structure may result in potential roof collapse within minutes or hours. Use the quickest exit.
2. Contact Emergency Services
If anyone is injured, call for medical help. Then get in touch with the fire department to make the house safe. The fire department will check for any potential fire hazards or other dangerous problems, and ensure the house is structurally safe before you go back inside.
3. Call Your Insurance Company
At the first available opportunity, contact your insurance provider. Your homeowner’s coverage includes the services of an arborist, who will cut up the tree and remove it from your property, and the expense of safe refuge. If possible, video or photograph the scene for your insurance adjuster.
4. Secure the Property
You may need to sleep elsewhere while contractors perform roof repairs, fix structural damage and prevent additional destruction from leaking rainwater. Secure your valuables in a waterproof area, or elsewhere, to prevent looting, as Reader’s Digest advises.
Roof Repair in San Francisco
If the worst happens and a tree falls on your house, you may need a roofer, an insurance adjuster and an arborist. Call San Francisco Flood Repair at 415-529-5637 for complete emergency water damage repairs, disaster recovery and roof repair. Our team consists of highly qualified individuals who are available 24/7, every day of the week, to help with any property catastrophe.