Following a heavy storm with high wind and precipitation like rain or snow, homeowners should inspect their property for possible damage. Often, nothing serious has happened to a home. But it is important to find any issues immediately and have them repaired before they cause problems or get worse.
A home’s roof is a common target for major windstorms or pounding rain. Shingles can come loose or break. The chimney may lose bricks or the cap. Gutters and downspouts could fill with debris from nearby trees causing rain runoff to drip onto the house structures and possibly damage them. For a comprehensive assessment, contact residential roofing services when the rough weather subsides. Get a written estimate for the recommended repairs, so you can make an informed decision about what to do next.
In extremely high winds, your windows might be hit by a tree limb that could cause cracks or breakage. The pane of glass could be weakened so that it does not sit securely in the window frame, causing rattling in windy weather. The weather strips around your windows might be damaged by heavy rain or hail. Check all of your windows to see if they have been impacted, and make arrangements to have any damage repaired.
You might think a home’s foundation would be the most stable part of the structure, and it generally is. But pelting rain over several hours can begin to wear at the foundational structure, especially over time. Damage is likely to occur if your yard or driveway slopes toward the foundation and basement. Water can trickle in through tiny crevices or cracks, deteriorating the block even more. The basement windows can likewise be affected. Moisture that creeps inside can cause mold that is visible or invisible. Make sure the ground near your home’s foundation tilts away from the house to avoid water drainage in the basement area.
Walk around your yard and remove large branches or limbs that have been blown off the trees. In addition, remove loose hanging branches from trees to avoid them falling on someone later. Look for downed electrical wires, and call the electric company if you see any. Remove other debris from surrounding properties that has ended up in your yard. Repair damaged items like fencing or garden decorations that have been affected.
Storm damage is usually easy to spot after the bad weather hits. But sometimes you have to look closely to find it. Take care of any problems you find to keep the situation from getting worse.