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What the hail? 7 tips for people affected by hail

USAA offers tips for people affected by hail

SAN ANTONIO – Hail rained down on parts of San Antonio and the hill country over the weekend, and where there's hail, there's usually damage.

IMAGES: Heavy hail hits San Antonio

USAA is offering tips to anyone affected by hail:

  • Take reasonable steps to protect your property from further damage — for example, by boarding up windows.
  • When it’s safe, photograph debris or destroyed items before having them removed or repaired.
  • Save receipts for what you spend and submit them to your adjuster for reimbursement consideration.
  • Beware of contractors who ask for a large amount of money upfront and contractors whose bids are very low. They might cut corners and leave you with problems after they're gone.
  • Make sure contractors are qualified, licensed and insured.
  • Work with your insurance company; call the Better Business Bureau or your local municipality for information on reputable contractors.
  • Don't make permanent repairs until a claims adjuster has assessed the damage.

Fraud can be prevalent following a hail storm. If you're wondering how to protect yourself from scammers after a hailstorm, click here.

Insurance companies will send adjusters to inspect damage claims following hail storms.

The more information you have about your damages -- a description, date of purchase and what it would cost to replace or repair -- the faster your claim can be settled, USAA said in a press release.

Don't be fooled by fraud after hailstorm


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