It’s an Emergen-tree!
As if 2020 didn’t cause enough stress and damage, Tropical Storm Zeta produced heavy rain and damaging winds in the North Georgia and Metro Atlanta area in the latter half of October 2020. Despite weakening from a category 2 hurricane, it was still nonetheless a dangerous and deadly wind storm. With winds gusting up to 60 mph, trees uprooted, power lines snapped and roads closed. One home in particular had such extensive structural damage caused by a fallen tree that it took Restor-it several months to fix the considerable damage that had been done. Be sure to look at the photos below for a before, during and after glimpse of just how much damage a tree can do and the amount of work that was required.
With Restor-it’s emergency restoration services being available 24/7, Restor-it was on the scene immediately following the storm. To start the emergency restoration process, a tree company removed the tree from the roof with a crane. As a temporary measure, the roofer secured the roof with tarps so that the inside of their home would be safeguarded from any further possible destruction. The roof was then promptly replaced to ensure a stable, safe roof. Restor-it then sealed the hole in the roof and other damaged open areas with rough construction. After handling the framing, the outside of the house was sealed with new siding and the inside was sealed with insulation and sheetrock.
Once the rough construction was completed and the bulk of the damage had been mitigated, the home was restored cosmetically. All of the windows off of the sunroom were replaced. Since the storm had contributed to almost 1 million power outages and electrical issues, electrical was also replaced. To round out the job all of the affected areas, including the outside siding, were freshly painted; the bar cabinets were replaced with new built in cabinets and trim; and new hardwood floors were installed.
This job was quite an undertaking not only for the Restor-it team but also for the affected family. To prevent a similar emergency situation, remove and take down any old or rotting trees. A tree is still capable of falling even without the help of a bad storm, so minimize the chances of any potential future devastation and remove trees that are within 15 to 20 feet of your home, depending on the size of the tree.
If you find yourself in this emergency situation, first evacuate everyone in the home and avoid the roof as the fallen tree has more than likely compromised the structural integrity of the roof and home. After, call 911 and your insurance company. Take notice if a power line has become entangled in the tree branches and in that instance, shut the power off in your breaker box so that a hazardous event such as a fire or electrical shock is reduced. Additionally, turn off gas lines until you are positive that gas lines were not jeopardized. Tarp broken windows and gaping spaces in your roof and sides so that more harm cannot occur.
Morning after the storm
One of the living spaces post-storm
Restor-it team working in affected area
Back of the house, where the tree fell
Affected area covered with tarp
After restoration with new hardwood floors
Repaired back of the house with fresh paint and new windows