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SERVPRO: Debunking Some Storm Damage Myths For Homeowners

4/29/2022 (Permalink)

Blog summary: SERVPRO Busts The Myths About Storm Damage That Mislead Homeowners, Leading To Further Losses. This Blog Shares The Facts About Storm Damage.

Busting Storm Damage Myths 

When a storm arrives, there is little control over the consequences. But being well-informed and prepared is a great tactic to mitigate losses and prevent further property damage. A lot of myths often surround storm damage that cause homeowners immense loss simply due to misinformation. SERVPRO, a flood restoration service in Bedford, busts these myths to help homeowners make the right decisions at the right time when it comes to storm damage restoration.

Myth #1: Storm damage signs are always visible

Fact: Minor cracks, small punctures, or small dents are not always visible or taken seriously. However, a thorough inspection by a professional roof expert may reveal that these minor and often invisible signs of storm damage can escalate into major structural threats and sources of water damage. A roof that has not collapsed or isn’t showing visible signs of damage does not indicate it is undamaged. Once the storm is over, just a visual survey of the property is not enough. The hidden signs of roof damage can be:

  • Shingle bruises

A roof shingle that gets displaced or blown away during a storm is easily noticeable but spotting a shingle bruise would need a closer and professional eye. What are shingle bruises? They are small, dark spots on the shingles where an impact of hail causes the granules to come loose.

  • Nicks & dents in soft metals

Hailstorms can cause nicks and dents in the soft metals of the roof. Ideally, after a hailstorm, the roof must be inspected for dents that may reveal, upon closer inspection, that the shingles have been bruised as well.

  • Loose granules

Roofs lose granules over time but a storm can increase the loss of granules by a huge margin. This often goes unnoticed as these granules are usually found on the ground or in the gutters. Only a roofing professional can recognize these minor and almost invisible flaws in the roof and prevent further disintegration.

Myth #2: Roofing warranties cover all storm damage 

Fact: A new roofing system does not include all storm-related warranties. Most roofing companies and manufacturers exclude storm and hail damage from roof warranties. If homeowners update the coverage, a roofing warranty will still not be enough if the storm damage is undocumented and left unaddressed.

Myth #3: Avoid filing a claim to avoid an increase in premium

Fact: When a storm affects an area, an insurance company will automatically raise the home insurance rates in that area, whether a claim is filed or not. A property in a storm-prone area and a history of filed claims will most likely lead to a hike in the premium. When a house undergoes storm damage, it is advised to make swift insurance claims even in case of minor damages and initiate the restoration process. 

Myth #4: Minor damage doesn’t need to be claimed

Fact: A minor damage can quickly turn into a full-fledged restoration project if not addressed in time. Homeowners can make insurance claims even with a minor damage situation. Once this minor problem changes into major roof problems, insurance companies can deny the claim attributing negligence as the cause of damage.  

Myth #5 Filing a claim can lead to the cancellation of the policy 

Fact: By law, an insurance company cannot cancel a policy if the homeowner is paying premiums on time. 

Homeowners must contact a professional flood restoration service such as SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford for a swift and smooth restoration process. The qualified technicians will assess and document the storm damage, take necessary actions to correct the damage, and help homeowners in filing their insurance claims.


  • SERVPRO uses state-of-the-art equipment to bring the damaged property back to its original state. SERVPRO of Hurst-Euless-Bedford is always updating its fleet and equipment so clients in Hurst, Euless, Bedford, or anywhere else can quickly access the services. 
  • With over 1,700 US and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to respond faster to an emergency of any magnitude.
  • The SERVPRO staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. They receive initial in-house training and constant skill up-gradation at the corporate training facility and also acquire the regular IICRC-industry certification.

For flood restoration services, call Team Shaw of Hurst-Euless-Bedford today at (817) 595-0004 or e-mail at office@SERVPROheb.com

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