Preventing scams in aftermath of hail storm

Posted at 9:00 AM, Jun 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-14 11:00:39-04

With this widespread damage comes the potential for scams. News 5 spoke with local experts about what you need to know to avoid being taken advantage of and some steps you should take as you start the repair process! 

Homeowners make sure you take photos or video of damage to your property right away! Look for hazards like broken or leaking gas lines, or submerged electrical appliances. Of course, cover any broken windows and holes to prevent more damage.

The biggest thing – don’t let anyone work on your home or car without doing your research. Avoid door to door salesman and to avoid getting scammed on home repairs make sure your contractor is licensed. If they push you to sign a contract or ask you to pull the permit, that’s a red flag! 

"Go to a shop, don’t do somebody coming door to door or meeting you in a parking lot, don’t do any of that, definitely want to go to an actual location where people have technicians working there and you can actually talk to people," Brando Procell, a supervisor at Bumper Doc said.

Motorists, make sure you go to a car shop that has a physical location where you can speak with technicians. Before you seek repairs, contact your insurance company to determine the extent of your coverage. Keep in mind, hail damage is not covered by collision coverage.

Remember, any car with flood damage should be inspected before you get back on the road. 

When it comes to carbon monoxide, if your homes roof was damaged check your furnace vent on the roof. If it’s damaged get it fixed before you turn on the furnace later this year.