Editor's note: This article originally ran on Insure.com. It has been reprinted here with permission.

Weather-related home insurance claims can be a whole separate ball game from other home claims.

"Weather losses are always more complicated because you've got thousands of people experiencing losses at the same time. These events are taxing on the entire community, whereas if you have one loss, such as a water main break in your building or a fire loss, as devastating as it may be to the homeowner, they still have access to necessary things such as hotel rooms, lawyers, insurance agents, etc., " says Ron Papa, president and CEO at National Fire Adjustment Co. in Buffalo, N.Y., a public insurance adjuster firm.

Here are 10 things homeowners should know about weather claims.