Rarely does the Northeast get a break from weather events. Sure, we have beautiful days of sun, warm coastal breezes, crisp fall nights, and spring mornings. But we also seem to be in the prime part of the country to get hurricanes, floods, blizzards, and tornadoes. All these things can do a number on our property, especially our roofs.
During the summer, thunderstorms and hail are prime suspects for the damage and beatings that our roofs take. In most cases, small hail seems harmless. However, even the smallest piece of ice is falling toward the earth nearing 100 mph. Whether it is golf ball sized hail or pea sized hail, it’s sure to make an impact on anything in its way.
Hail and wind from storms cause roof damage by weakening the structure, destroying the protective layers of the roof, and by causing water issues. Damaged shingles allow water to seep into your roof’s underlayment and into your attic. Often, you may not even know there is a problem until it’s too late and the water has seeped down into your ceiling and walls. Another issue is that you may not even be aware that your property had a hail storm. You may have been on vacation or away at work. Hail can melt fast on a hot summer day so you may not even know that you should inspect your property for damage.
This summer, take the time to be more observant if storms have passed through your area. A keen eye will pick up on troubled areas and prompt attention may save you a lot of money in repairs. At Restore Pro, we’ve seen our share of water damage caused by storms, so we offer these tips in hopes that you can catch early warning signs before the next rain storm does further damage to your home:
- When you get your mail, take the time to look at your home’s exterior for signs of hail dents, flapping shingles, dented or overflowing gutters, and disconnected downspouts. Even a quick glance at your mail box will show you if hail has fallen.
- Check the area around windows and doors for dampness and drafts that might alert you to water leaks.
- Talk with a neighbor or friend in the area if storms passed through. They may have been home or have information about hail or wind that could have affected your house.
- Walk through your property and neighborhood keeping an eye on vinyl siding that may have dents or roofs that have loose shingles.
- Check your ceilings and walls for water damage as well as your basement floors. Heavy rains may not drain fast enough and can seep into your basement walls, ruining your foundation.
Any one of our tips will help you recognize problem areas quickly. When you are aware of your surroundings, you’ll be prepared to get help, should you find trouble. If your home has water damage this summer, give our Water Damage Restoration experts a call. We’ll find the source of your problem and make the necessary repairs while we thoroughly dry out and sanitize the area.
For 20 years, our professionals have helped homeowners restore their home after water emergencies. If we can be of service to you, give us a call at 1-800-847-0114. If you’d like to learn more about our Water Damage Restoration services, please visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RestorePro911.