Check Your Home For Damage After A Storm

May 23, 2017

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Spring is in full swing, and as usual, it’s bringing a barrage of stormy weather. Driving rain, high winds and occasional hail have pounded homes across North America and promise to keep up the trend for several more weeks.
Modern home construction is designed to stand up to the elements, so there’s a good chance your home will survive most storms unscathed. But on a long enough timeline, your home will eventually suffer some type of damage from a severe storm, and minimizing the damage begins with early detection.
If a storm blows through your town, wait for conditions to become safe, then conduct a thorough inspection of your home’s interior and exterior. Should you spot damage, contact the appropriate repair professional immediately to prevent water damage and other household hassles.

Hit the Roof

One of the first areas to check for damage is your roof, since it’s completely exposed to the elements and storm damage outside could quickly lead to costly water damage inside. Start with a visual inspection from the ground, looking for gouges, missing shingles, drooping gutters or fallen tree branches.
If you can’t see your entire roof from the ground and you have a suitable ladder, consider safely erecting the ladder to get a better look. But be careful setting up a ladder on wet soil, which could sink. You should also avoid walking around on a wet roof to avoid slipping.
Next, check for leaks indoors on the top floor of your home. If necessary, remove ceiling drop tiles to verify whether water is leaking in at the roofline above. If you encounter any signs of damage inside or out, contact a trusted contractor right away — with a roof breach, your home is at the mercy of the elements!

Monitor Indoor Humidity Levels

When the temperatures warm up outside and rain storms frequent your area, you can experience rising humidity levels in your home. Too much humidity can cause condensation on windows, wet stains on walls and ceilings, moldy bathrooms, musty odor, and/or clammy feel to the air. Rot and structural damage can also result from extended periods of high humidity in your home. And, especially in the South, it can draw pests. Bugs are always looking for water and condensation provides bugs with the water they need.
If you suspect your home has elevated humidity levels, you can purchase an inexpensive hygrometer (an instrument used for measuring the moisture content in the air) to keep tabs on the levels in your home. The ideal relative humidity for health and comfort is about 40-50%. Humidity levels above 50% can begin to cause problems including mold growth and odor. You can also call your trusted HVAC contractor to test, assess and remediate your indoor air quality problems. A host of tools are at your disposal to fix the problem so that you can enjoy your home safely and comfortably.

Keep Your A/C in Shipshape

If you have central air conditioning, it’s especially important that you check out your outdoor unit. Hail, strong winds and fallen branches can disconnect power lines, crush coil fins and cause other forms of damage.
When evaluating your air conditioner for potential damage, it’s helpful to be aware of the terms of your system’s warranty, if it’s still covered by one. Manufacturer’s warranties may cover routine damage, so long as you have documentation of the damage. Take lots of pictures and keep detailed records of any conversations with company representatives to bolster any claims you might make.
And if you do notice obvious storm damage to your outdoor HVAC system, reach out to your expertly-trained HVAC technicians to discuss repair options right away.
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