NORTHBROOK, Ill., May 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Tornadoes have touched down this week in towns across the United States. People are beginning the process of picking up the pieces. For those with damage from the string of spring storms, Allstate suggests you be very careful when returning home. Once it is safe to do so, homeowners should carefully inspect their homes for signs of damage, paying particular attention to the following areas:
- Look for wall cracks in spots where there weren't cracks before. Cracks of a quarter inch or more are signs walls may have shifted or settled. Look carefully around windows and doors because these are typically the weakest spots in a home's construction. Look outside for visible, new cracks in the home's foundation.
- Look inside for changes in the levelness of floors. Changes in the level of the floor could be signs of a lift in the home's foundation.
- Make sure to closely check rooms not regularly used.
- Inspect plumbing. Look closely around the water heater and or water softener for signs of water leaks that did not exist before. Flush all toilets, turn on all of the water faucets, and check connecting pipes for any leaking water.
- In the days or weeks after a tornado, check walls and ceilings for water stains or yellowing that did not exist before. It could indicate damage on the roof.
- Carefully inspect the outside gutters. Damaged gutters could cause water damage inside the home long after the actual gutter damage occurs.
Allstate policyholders that suspect their home may have sustained damage during the recent storms can begin the claim process by contacting their Allstate Agency Owner, dialing 1-800-54-STORM (1-800-547-8676) or visiting Allstate.com.
The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life's uncertainties through auto, home, life and other insurance offered through its Allstate, Esurance, Encompass and Answer Financial brand names. Now celebrating its 85th anniversary as an insurer, Allstate is widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate®." The Allstate brand's network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2015, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $36 million to support local communities. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 230,000 hours of service across the country.
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