In the harsh weather conditions of North America, post-storm glass damage is a part of life. And although hail and thunderstorms are common throughout the landscape, they hit western Canada particularly harder.
Therefore post-storm damage cleanup and recovery can be quite difficult, not to mention extremely dangerous. You need to take certain precautionary measures before you decide to jump into the crime scene with your shovel and cleaning supplies.
Let us help you build an injury-proof damage control plan to clean up what Mother Nature destroyed in her wake. The following tips will help you do the job efficiently and avoid insurance reimbursement chaos.
When a plane experiences turbulence, you’re instructed to help yourself first before anyone else, the exact words being, “Please attend to yourself first, then to your child!” The reason why personal safety is stressed upon so much is that you can only tend to others after you’ve taken sufficient care of yourself. So no matter if it’s your child, house or your car—staying safe, yourself should always be the first priority.
Applying that to post-storm cleanups, remember in the wake of a disaster, dangerous electrical wires come loose and your house becomes a minefield so tread lightly. In addition, glass itself is sharp and injurious so make sure none of your body parts are exposed to it and you’re wearing thick leather gloves with closed-toe shoes while cleaning.
A Call for Help
Call for glass repair services immediately, no matter how efficient you are with the cleanup there’re some things better left to experts. They’ll know what to do and how to minimize the damage so there’s no point in waiting. In fact, you’ll only be making your house more vulnerable to potential threats, like theft, vandalism, and more weather-induced damage.
Moreover, a repair expert can assist you in meeting strict and tricky insurance reimbursement requirements to help secure your property, because you never know what might make you ineligible to deem the reimbursement.
Assess the Damage
It’s possible that more glass and construction debris will keep coming loose from your house’s structure, well after the storm has passed. This happens because the storm makes the structure of your house unstable. So assess the damage and stability of your house from a safe distance to avoid further damage or injury.
The Damage Might be Bigger than You Think
Post-storm glass damage is usually bigger than what meets the eye; meaning the damage could be extended beyond the immediately affected area by damaged glass been blown or carried by water to other areas of your house. Therefore inspect all areas that could’ve been subjected to associative damage.
Removing Damaged Glass Shards:
Once you’ve assessed the damage, you can start with damage control. Start with removing glass shards and chunks from windows and other glass covered surfaces. Snap them off carefully with gloved hands. For the remaining fallen pieces, you can use a vacuum cleaner, sticky tape or even a slice of bread. In the event the glass is only cracked and not completely shattered, focus on taping it back together.
Disposing of the Damaged Glass
This needs to be done with intensive care but as quickly as possible. Use two disposable bags to put the shards in and then immediately dispose them off in hard-sided trash container to avoid unsuspecting people from coming in contact with the bag.
Getting Back on Your Feet
Once you’ve cleaned up the affected area, make no delay in filing insurance claims. It’s understandable that the emotional trauma may put you in a shock, but remember if you don’t hurry; you might lose your chance at reimbursement. So act on your feet!
Also keep in mind that you’ll have to call in multiple insurance companies for your coverage, including homeowners’ insurance and automobile insurance providers. Another point to be noted is that most regular homeowners’ policies only cover wind and rain, so make sure your claims stand before you contact the agency.
Make Your Case
This is your chance. Take your time and be as detailed and specific in taking inventory of the damage, including possessions and personal damage. Use your camera phone to record as many photos and videos you can of the damage. Try and find online receipts of previous, expensive purchases that might have been destroyed in the disaster. We would also recommend taking pictures of your windows and vehicle (before the damage) for a side-by-side comparison to make your case stronger.
Keep A Journal:
Take note of every activity and interaction you make following the damage. Record your entire day; whom you spoke to and when, housing, medications, meals, clothing, and other purchases that might need replacement, such as appliances, etc.
Don’t Lose Hope
In times like these, it’s easy to lose faith but don’t give up without a fight. If you have full and comprehensive insurance, you have nothing to worry about. All your repairs will be covered and paid for. Get professional assistance to help you navigate through the reimbursement process and don’t take no for an answer.
We, at Crystal Glass Canada, understand the trauma that personal damage can cause and will cover all your glass repair and replacement by insurance. However, you’ll have to pay for your comprehensive deductible. Other than that, you don’t have to worry about being billed for anything; we will send the bill to your insurance company, so you can be at peace.
Natural disasters can’t be stopped but they can be controlled. With your determination and our expertise in glass repair solutions, there’s no storm in the world that can shatter your life. Serving in 50 locations panned over Alberta, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia, we offer 24-hour emergency glass solutions across western Canada.
From residential window repairs to windshield replacement, we provide affordable glass services at our workshops as well as a location of your choice.