What to do if your home has been damaged in a storm

If your home has been damaged by stormy weather, there are a few things you can do to help keep you and your family safe and limit any further damage.

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Steps to take

  1. Step one

    Firstly, be careful not to touch any electrical/ telephone cables that have been blown down or are still hanging and do not walk too close to walls, buildings and trees as they could have been weakened. Check for any damage caused to your property such as loose roof tiles.

  2. Step two

    Storm damaged roofs can be temporarily repaired with a plastic sheet or tarpaulin.

  3. Step three

    Where ceilings are bulging with water, pierce bulging plaster with a broom handle to let the water through and collect the water in buckets. If you’d like more information just watch the video.

  4. Step four

    Leave all of your windows, internal doors and cupboard doors open to help dry out your home. Dry out rugs and cushions but don’t lift carpets unless absolutely necessary as they may shrink. It could take weeks or even months for your home to dry out so bear this in mind before you re-decorate.

  5. Step five

    Take photographs of all parts of your home damaged by storms or floods. It might help with your claim.

  6. Step six

    Don’t use your electricity or gas supplies until they’ve been thoroughly checked by a qualified engineer

  7. Step seven

    If your property is so badly damaged that’s you can’t stay in it, then we’ll arrange temporary accommodation while the repairs are being done.

  8. Step eight

    Get in touch with Churchill as soon as you can. Churchill Buildings cover will pay for all storm emergency repair. We can also help with getting your property dried out. By working together, we’ll help you get back to normal.


  • Emergencies

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  • Make a claim

    Find out how to claim if your home’s been damaged by a storm this winter