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So you were hit with hail damage during the storm. Here’s what to do

Pennsylvanians have seen their share of hail, but the golf-ball-sized ice pellets that decorated lawns and car windshields in southeastern Lehigh County in the middle of a warm May day Wednesday was something else.There were reports of hail balls 2 inches in diameter, which were bound to leave a mark.If you found hail damage on your car or home, here’s what you should do, according to the Better Business Bureau.<b>Prevent further damage. </b>Cover any holes or broken windows to prevent water from entering your home or car. Remove any broken glass from the car to prevent damage to the interior.<b>Check your insurance policies. </b>Most homeowners insurance policies cover hail damage. For cars, only comprehensive coverage includes hail damage.<b>File a claim.</b> Get the claims process started with your insurance agency as soon as possible. An insurance adjuster has to survey the damage.<b>Do your research when choosing a contractor. </b>Only consider licensed and insured contractors and auto body shops. Request references and look them up in the Better Business Bureau. Try to get three quotes to compare, and steer clear of anyone who demands a full payment upfront.<b>Get everything in writing. </b>The contract should spell out the work, price, time frame and the contractor’s liability insurance coverage. Don’t be pushed into signing a contract right away. Don’t make a final payment until you are satisfied with the fix. Tip: pay with a credit card, if possible, so there is an extra layer of protection.Morning Call reporter Kayla Dwyer can be reached at 610-820-6554 or at
Source: Morningcall

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