When you live in an area of the country prone to storms and storm damage, you may find yourself in a situation where your neighborhood and home have been severely affected by stormy weather. If this happens to you, you want to make sure that you are able to quickly and efficiently get your home up and running, as well as ensure that any damage that has occurred is repaired before it causes you further problems. Get to know a few of the ways that you can do just that after a major storm so that you can be prepared for whatever may come.
Check Your Roof For Damage
The area of your home that is most likely to suffer from damage after a storm is your roof. The roof of your home is the most exposed to the elements and takes the brunt of the impact of wind, debris, rain, hail, and the like.
As soon as it is safe to do so (the storms have passed and your roof is dry), get up on your roof and have a preliminary look at the damage. Clear any storm debris off of your roof that you are able to clear, such as small branches, leaves, and other lightweight objects. If there are large branches or other heavy objects on your roof, do not attempt to remove them yourself. You could injure yourself and worsen the damage underneath the object when you move it.
In addition to debris, look for other signs of damage like broken, warped, or missing shingles. Any sagging in your roof could also indicate that water has pooled underneath the surface and may be leaking into your home. Depending on the extent of the damage, you can then contact a roofer for roof repairs or replacement.
Check Your Rain Gutters
After a major storm, it is also very likely that your rain gutters have gotten clogged or damaged. The debris that accumulated on your roof probably got into your rain gutters as well. Clean out your rain gutters of any debris so that they do not overflow and cause foundation flooding in your home during the next rainfall or storm.
Once the debris is removed, you can also check your rain gutters for damage. Make sure there are no holes in the gutters themselves. Also, check the attachment of the gutters to your home.
If there are gaps where the gutters have been pulled away from the house or they have become misshapen due to heavy hail, winds, and debris, you will want to have your gutters repaired or replaced by a professional. New gutter installation can ensure that you have no leaks or gaps for the next storm, and you can have gutter guards built into the new gutters to prevent debris accumulation the next time.
Now that you know a few of the steps to take to get your home up and running again after a major storm, you can be sure you are prepared when the next weather system rolls through your area. Companies like Mitchell Roofing may be able to help.