Homeowner checklist and online damage assessment survey

please complete the online survey after you have a chance to inspect your house, click on the below

Property Damage Assessment

please complete the online survey after you have a chance to inspect your house, click on the link above.

Click to download Home Owner Checklist

Contact you home owner’s insurance company immediately if you need to file a claim.

This is a guide to assist you in inspecting your property after a storm. 

Structural:

·         Roof. Walk away from your home to where you have a good angle to observe the roof. If you see any spots which may look damaged or where shingles have been displaced, get a ladder and go up on the roof to take a closer look.

·         Gutters. Walk around your home and inspect your entire guttering system. Look for any places where your gutters have become unattached to your roof. Check to see if any of the metal gutter sections are cracked or bent. If you have gutter covers, be sure to check those as well.

·         Plumbing. Flush all of the toilets in your home and turn on all of the faucets (not all at once!). Look for water leaks around the fixtures themselves and on the pipes that connect to them. Inspect all other interior pipes for evidence of leakage.

·         Water heater/softener. Examine the bases of these appliances and the areas around them. See if there is any water damage that was not there prior to the storm. Hand-check the connections to the surrounding pipes for tightness as well.

·         Foundation. Observe your house’s pilings and any foundation pilings on your property. Try to identify any cracks that are new or weren’t visible before the storm struck.

·         Interior cracks. Look at the walls inside your home to determine if there are any new cracks. If these cracks are a quarter inch or longer, then they could indicate that your house has shifted or settled. Scrutinize the areas around doors and windows; these are the weak spots in your house where cracks tend to appear.

·         Floors. Note any elevation changes in your flooring. If the floor slopes, buckles, or dips where it hadn’t before, it may be a clue that your foundation has shifted.

·         Closets. Don’t forget to check closets, cabinets, pantries, crawl spaces, and any rooms which are rarely used. You don’t want any storm-related problems to fester and worsen in areas that you don’t see every day.

·         Windows and Skylights  Check for cracks or leaks

·         Pool ,Heating and pump Check to make sure all systems are secure and intact

·         Electric check that no wires are down on your property and the phone and electric coming to your property are intact (contact electrician or contractor if they need repair) Notify LIPPA.

·         Trash Bins  confirm trash bins are accessible , if not please move your house trash to an accessible dumpster or trash can so it can be picked up, once trash service is restored to the island.

·         Gate House  Check that Gate and Propane tanks are secure.  Turn off any propane and note any plumbing issues, contact Gas provider if you need assistance removing tanks or broken fixtures.

·         Barbeque  Insure gas tanks are off removed from barbeque and stored safely.

 Maintenance:

Turn Master power off at circuit breaker

Turn Hot water heater breaker off

Turn Water off at main to house

Yard:

Check perimeter fencing to insure deer can’t get in

Check broken limbs that may need to removed for safety. Contact neighbor if it’s not on your property but poses a hazard, e mail FIPPOA manager if you do not have contact information.

Bulkhead check for damage, loose boards, leaking sand or potential hazards

If there is anything that requires a professional to fix, contact a contractor as soon as possible. Lots of homeowners in your area might be experiencing the same issues — and you don’t want to be put on a weeks-long waiting list because you put off making the call.