When your area is affected by a storm or severe weather event, we recommend inspecting your home for storm damage as soon as it is safe to do so. In this article, we will go over more about why it’s a good idea to perform these inspections, as well as how to do so.
Why Inspect for Storm Damage?
While some storm damage is clear and obvious, such as a tree falling on your roof, others are more subtle. There are some forms of storm damage that will not create an immediate problem for your home, but will lead to more damage in the long term if they are not identified and corrected. One example of this that we have seen is a few shingles blowing off, which then allows moisture to leak inside and create a hospitable environment for mold. Checking your home for damage immediately following a storm is a good habit that will help you protect your home from this type of problem.
How to Inspect for Storm Damage
When inspecting for storm damage, we recommend starting by checking your windows to make sure that none are cracked. Then, walk around the exterior of your home to examine the roof, gutters, and siding. On the roof, check for loose or cracked shingles, as well as any dark spots. Make sure your gutters are still firmly attached, and clear away any branches or other debris that may have gotten stuck in them during the storm. Lastly, inspect your siding for cracks or splitting, and make arrangements to have any damage you have found repaired as soon as possible.