Damage after hurricanes, tornados or other extreme weather, including hail and excessive winds have the potential to create a daunting clean up. Upon the aftermath, having a plan in place will help you to streamline the clean up process and soon bring your home and surrounding area back to normal.
As you know, home ownership comes with tasks to maintain your home and keep your investment secure. A few things which may need your attention after a storm include:
Identifying and Repairing Roof Damage
During a storm, where hail or possible high winds are present, there may be damage to your roof. You can quickly see if this is a possibility by looking in the yard to see if loose shingles have made their way to the ground, or in some cases you can look at the roof and identify where loose shingles have shifted. You may also see ping damage to your shingles, when heavy hail has occurred. Ignoring roof damage can result in other problems if left un-repaired, so make sure you handle the repairs in a timely manner.
It is a good idea to trim trees throughout the year, as needed, so in the event a storm arrives you do not have to lose limbs or encounter unwanted damage that could have been prevented. Regardless, if you have damaged trees, make sure to hire a tree trimming professional to properly trim larger trees. Some damage to trees after storms, including lightening strikes, etc. can cause damage to the internal tree structure and may result in broken limbs at a later date when you least expect it, so handling the trimming process soon after the storm is highly recommended. A great resource for tree trimming after a storm can be found at the Arbor Day Foundation, where they suggest you take safety precautions and have detailed information on how to properly care for your damaged trees.
Cleaning Out Gutters
The extreme weather and excessive amount of rainfall in a short period of time can cause gutters to become quickly clogged up, especially when you have trees closer to your home. Once the storm has passed you want to make sure leaves and other debris are cleared from the gutters. You may also want to do a visual inspection of your gutter system to make sure all components are still connected well and nothing appears loose. In order to prevent excessive build up within gutters there are several types of gutter guards to allow proper water flow without retaining excessive debris.
Making sure there are no leaks within the home (due to excess water)
Heavy storms moving through can cause landscaping to flood, gutters to overflow, as well as water to begin to show up in places where you may not typically see it around your home. Areas you want
to keep an eye on include garage door entrances, especially basement garages that don’t have proper drainage; make sure your weep holes near your home landscaping are not blocked or covered up, this can cause water retention which could result in other problem areas.
It’s great to have a regular home maintenance plan in place to make sure your home and surroundings are secure and properly maintained throughout the year. Depending on the extent of damage after a storm, you may or may not need to contact your insurance provider to come out and properly asses any damage and allow their guidance to restore your home back to normal.