What Is an Emergency Board Up?
Experiencing a home emergency such as a fire, lightning strike, tornado, or flooding, can be devastating, but to mitigate further damage it’s important to take as many steps as possible to protect your property while you determine your next steps for home repair and remediation. Especially when there has been severe damage, doing a board up will make a big difference. The "board up" process itself involves securely placing plywood over the vulnerable, damaged areas of the home such as wind damaged, broken, cracked windows and doors, while the roof can be tarped.
Benefits of an Emergency Board Up
Avoid More Damage: if there are holes in the walls and ceiling, rain and wind can cause more damage, not to mention animals and other possible invaders finding their way in.
Avoid Further Property Loss: with holes in the walls can come thieves and vandals. Even if you aren’t concerned about your belongings, they can steal appliances and even parts of the HVAC system or pipes.
Ensure Insurance Coverage: some insurance carriers require tarping and board up services to be done after an emergency to qualify for fire damage coverage. Insurance companies understand how quickly damages can continue when a home is left in a vulnerable state.
While you might be tempted to complete your board up yourself, it’s important of course to put your safety, and those who are helping you, first. A property in Woods Cross, UT, with severe damage, is questionable as to how sound the structure is until you get the OK from an inspector or professional remediation company.
It’s also generally recommended that when dealing with important large assets such as a primary residence, that the job be done quickly and in the best way possible. This helps to ensure that no further damage is done such as leaks or future safety issues and that your insurance company accepts your claim for damage coverage.