Whenever we brave extreme weather there is always a strong chance that our homes will receive the worst of it. From total devastation to minor incidents, property damage can be a frustrating problem to deal with as communities labor to put their cities and towns back together.
In 2012 there were 10 active hurricanes that threatened several areas and an additional 9 tropical storms during the active hurricane season. In the past several years a number of weather systems have brought adverse weather and destruction to the Gulf Coast. Two of the three costliest storms in history, Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Ike, affected the Gulf Coast and caused approximately $145 billion worth of damage.
Destruction to property is common when bad weather hits and depending on the type of home insurance coverage you have, your home may or may not be protected.
If you or a loved one has experienced property destruction and are seeking reparations, we may be able to help you.
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Common Causes of Destruction to Property
There are many reasons why your home may be damaged, but most damage is likely to come from harsh weather conditions. Some damage might also come from items in your home. Here are some of the more common causes of destruction to property:
- High Winds
- Water Heater Explosions
- Busted Water Pipes
- ..and more
Each of these can cause unpredictable amounts of damage, but some common problems you may to deal with include:
- Broken windows
- Roof Leaks
- Home flooding
- Cracked or broken siding
- Missing shingles, and much more.
While some storm damage is obvious, other damage may take a while to notice which could cause even more damage to your home. Not noticing missing shingles could lead to roof leaks and cracked pipes could lead to home flooding. It’s important to do a thorough inspection of your home and document any damage you believe may have been caused by unfavorable weather.
Destruction of property is not just limited to the exterior as the interior can be damaged by lightning, flooding, and high winds if windows are broken.
How to Prevent Destruction to Property
While there is never a guarantee that you will not face any home damage if you protect your home, it is still imperative that you do all that you can to keep your home, and those in it, safe.
Certain precautions you may want to take include:
- Yearly home maintenance such as checking roof tiles or shingles and fixing any problems you find immediately.
- Consider installing hurricane-proof windows.
- Trim trees, or contact city maintenance, to cut and collect tree limbs around your home.
- Clean up any dead tree limbs or brush that could start or enlarge a fire.
- Remove any outdoor furniture, plants, or children’s toys that may be hazardous during a storm
- Always have an evacuation plan if needed and follow your city’s evacuation guidelines.
Some of these simple steps could limit how much home destruction may occur. It could also eliminate the chances of vehicle damage of your car is outdoors.
Contact a Property Destruction Lawyer
Unfortunately, destruction of property can be an everyday occurrence as each season brings on different types of bad weather. If you or anyone you know has property that has been damaged and they are seeking legal counsel over insurance claims, Arguello, Hope & Associates are ready to help.
Dealing with property damage can be a tough battle, but at Arguello, Hope & Associates we are dedicated to providing you with the legal counsel you need to fight for your rights.
Our main office is located in Houston, Texas but we are ready to serve the following areas as well:
- Galveston, TX
- Oklahoma City, OK
- Joplin, MO
- Mobile, AL
- ..and many other surrounding areas
If you’re looking for help on your destruction of property claim, contact our group of dedicated lawyers at 1-800-25-STORM (1-800-257-8676) to receive a 100% free review of your claim.
You can also contact us online by filing out the ‘Free Case Evaluation FORM’ at the top left hand corner of the page and your claim will be reviewed by one of our steadfast lawyers.