Property Inspection After Mother Nature Strikes
Mother Nature has a mind of her own and sometimes she gets a little angry (we’ve all been there). When storms blow through your neighborhood, the wind, rain, and other elements can be damaging to your home. After a storm, it is important to look your property over to make sure that nothing is affected. It ensures that there is no water seeping into your home, or mold growth in hidden areas. Our homes are very important and usually near and dear to our hearts, so let’s get to it!
WINDOWS AND DOORS
When it comes to storm damage, windows and doors are a vulnerable part of your home.
- Examine them from both the inside and out! Look for any holes, broken panes or hinges, cracks, and frame damage.
- If your home has aluminum cladding, which is the protective covering outside of your window frame, this is often the first place you’ll see damage.
Because your roof is very exposed to the elements, this is a typical source of damage, in turn letting water run into your home. From ground level, try these tips.
- Look for raised, missing, or lose shingles. If the wind was severe enough, you may even find some laying on your lawn.
- Examine your gutters and downspouts, looking for dents or any large debris that may have washed down them.
- Bonus tip: If you look for denting at dawn or dusk, the shadows will help you see denting.
- Brick, cement boards, siding, and shingles can all be victims of the storm. While the siding of your house is usually pretty robust, it can still happen.
- Check for cracking, chops, dents, or other damages.
CALL YOUR INSURANCE
After you have closely inspected your home after a storm, if you find any signs of damage, the first step you should take is to call your insurance. Once you have done that call SERVPRO so we can assist you right away before further damages occur! We have experience in storm response, and we are here to help!