Hail is a Nasty Bugger
Hail damage can have HUGE repairs and costs. The good news is, it may be covered under your insurance. The bad news is.. The severity can gather in lengths we wouldn't wish upon anyone!
While you aren't Mother Nature herself, and you can’t predict a storm, you can take steps to protect yourself, your car, your home and your business from hail damage.
Hail Safety Tips -
- Don’t go outside
- Stay away from windows
- Lock up your pets indoors
- Don’t take shelter in a ditch or anywhere that can flood. Trees aren’t preferable for shelter because they can drop branches.
- If you can’t find shelter, protect your head as best as possible.
Hail Tips for your Car-
If You Aren’t Driving
- Keep your car in the garage.
- If you don’t have a garage, put blankets or your car’s floor mats over the windshield to protect it before the storm.
If You Are Driving:
- If you are driving during hail, pull off the road as soon as safely possible. Hail damage is greater when a vehicle is moving.
- It’s best to pull beneath a covering, such as a gas station or parking garage.
- If it’s not possible to get cover, get your car out of traffic and angle it so the hail hits the windshield.
- Stay inside your vehicle. If possible, lie down away from the window or put a coat or blanket over your face to protect it from breaking glass.
Last but not least, after a storm, check the interior and exterior of your roof for loose shingles or sheathing (plywood nailed to the rafters) and other signs of disrepair such as leaks. Make sure your storm drains and gutters are clear of debris.
While precautions can prevent a lot of hail damage, some damage may be inevitable. Keep everything in mind, because the damage can be costly and the repairs can be timely.