Dealing with storm damage is one of the most difficult and stressful times homeowners will ever have to deal with. Within a few hours, you will need to ensure your family’s safety and shelter, document the damage and later deal with the insurance paperwork. When inspecting your home for damage, keep in mind that storm damage can affect your home in several ways, some of them not readily visible.
Flood damage is perhaps the most common effect of a storm. Aside from the dirty water soaking into your basement, the presence of water can dramatically increase indoor humidity, which can lead to problems such as mold and mildew growth, damage to exposed wooden parts like the trusses and the roof deck, as well as clumped insulation, which has become ineffective. Floodwater could also seep into the house foundations and make the concrete brittle. Have indoor flooding addressed by professionals as soon as possible, as the drying process itself can sometimes take days.
Wind is the primary cause of damage to your home’s exterior. It forces the outer roofing material off the roof deck, it pushes rainwater into gaps and it causes debris to land anywhere and everywhere. In the worse cases, it causes trees and power lines to fall. Some of the damage might not be visible at first glance, but if you look closely, you’ll see the signs: gaps between the roof’s edge and the first row of shingles, shallow dents at the siding and roof; perhaps the flashing or exhaust pipes are slightly knocked out of place, introducing gaps. In such cases, prompt roof repair and thorough storm damage services are needed so you’ll have peace of mind knowing your home can withstand the next storm.
Damage to the Windows
If you have storm shutters, then your windows are the least of your worries. However, your windows still merit inspection, particularly the areas around the windows; there should be no signs of leaks. The same goes for all parts of the window sashes that meet the frame. Ideally, they should still form a tight seal.
To learn more about our storm damage restoration services, call Timberline Roofing and Contracting today at (612) 263-9700 and (507) 200-8880. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free assessment. We are located in White Bear Lake, Minnesota and serve nearby areas including Blaine and Rochester, MN.