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How To Inspect Your Home After a Storm

 

How To Inspect Your Home After a Storm

As summer approaches, so does storm season. Whether you live in a flood zone, tornado alley, or a hurricane basin, you need to know how to inspect your home after a storm. Proper maintenance in your house is just as important as preparing your home for whatever storm comes your way. Follow these tips and tricks to save money and stay ahead of the game.


Inspect Your Roof

The easiest part of your roof to inspect is the fascia and soffits, which are visible when you are facing or standing below the roof of your house. Use binoculars to check for signs of damage such as:

  • Broken or missing shingles
  • Water damage
  • Debris
  • Holes
  • Damaged chimney parts

Check the Windows

Windows are commonly damaged during storms, so make sure you check yours after any major activity. Large gusts of wind can crack or displace your widows. If your windows were already in need of repair, rainwater may come into your home during a storm and cause water damage. Even a crack or dent in the frame can lead to problems with your window.

Look for Exterior Damage

Storm season isn’t the best time of year to replace your siding, so check for signs of damage and take care of repairs before they turn into full residing projects that may eat up your savings. Inspect the exterior for cracks, chips, and strips in the paint. You should also check the gutters for signs of cracks and warping. Other exterior damage to check for includes structural damage to the foundation of your home.

Prevent Interior Water Damage

The final step to inspecting your house after a storm is to check the interior, too. Key spaces to check are crawl spaces and your basement for standing water and leaks. It is important to take care of water damage as soon as you notice it to prevent mold. Black mold can cause a slew of health problems including memory loss, depression, and severe headaches.

Knowing how to inspect your home after a storm will help you keep your house in tip-top shape. You should perform an inspection after each storm, no matter how big or small. Keep you and your family safe when you stay on top of home repairs.