Storm damage is one of the things dreaded most by homeowners. When it happens, everyone concentrates on evacuating their prized possessions from home and getting to safety. Once it’s over, the structural integrity of the home and its ability to deal with the damage resulting from the storm is compromised, and if not addressed in time, it could lead to the complete destruction of the home. Here are a few things that you need to understand about storm damage restoration on a home.
Assessing the damage
Storms can lead to water damage, wind damage, and damage from debris. After a storm has cleared, it is essential to assess the entire home to see how much damage you have to deal with. If your home was hit by lightning, it may have suffered damage such as broken windows, splintered wood, or bent metal. Lightning blasts can do substantial damage to a home. Note down the broken doors and windows and the rooms where water has pooled in. When calling in the restoration experts, you will need to give this information to get assistance.
If the wind was strong during the storm, it might have blown off either the entire roof or sections of it. Roofing damage is dangerous because the roof protects the entire interior, improves the stability of the home, andis necessary for effective temperature regulation. Common roofing damage after a storm includes blown off shingles, leaks, and visible structural damage. If something extreme such as a power line or a tree fell on the roof, you will need to get a professional to take a look. Even temporary patches aren’t safe to do at night, so you may need to leave temporarily.
Stormwater tends to collect in the basement and other lower parts of a home during a storm. If the roof begins leaking as a result of the storm, the inside of the home could be susceptible to water damage. Try and isolate the section of your roof or wall where the water is coming from. Another major source of water damage after a storm is flooding, which is dangerous because it is categorized as either category two or three. Water damaged which is not assessed or treated in time leads to mold, decay, and rot to floors, structure supports, and more.
Repairing the damage
Because all of these issues can result in more serious structural damage down the road, it’s important to make repairs as early as possible. If you’re worried about your budget, keep in mind that the costs of home repair now will be significantly less than if you allow the damage to worsen and accumulate–especially with water damage. If necessary, you may be able to refinance your home loan or secure a home improvement loan. You will be glad you made the repairs sooner rather than later.
These are some of the things which every homeowner needs to know about storm damage. Give us a call if you need any help restoring your roof after a bad storm. We will be happy to help you get your life back in order.