Assessing the storm damage to your property is never a great experience to deal with. Unfortunately, heavy storms, high winds, and flooding can cause significant damage to your home, including:
- Water seepage
- Roof damage and leaks
- Electrical hazards and shorts
- Mold and mildew growth
- Flooded basements
- Roof damage
- And more
To help you get through when your home or business is struck by storm damage, the professional technicians at ServiceMaster Advantage are committed to helping you restore your home to pre-loss condition. We perform thorough inspections of all affected areas and create an actionable plan for the most efficient restoration in the shortest time frame possible.
Homeowners can also perform their own DIY storm damage inspections to gain insight into the scope of the damage to find which necessary repairs must be performed to get back to normal and avoid developing issues. In this article, our disaster restoration experts will explore some of the most common areas of your home that you should inspect for damage after the storm.
The foundation of your home is one of its most important structural elements. When heavy accumulations of water reach your foundation during a storm and afterward, the concrete and wood structural elements can become severely weakened and could potentially fail.
To inspect your foundation, take a careful look along both the outdoor and indoor perimeter of your home for any signs of water seepage. Water can wash out the soil beneath the footings that hold up your home, leading to tilting and leaning. A few definite signs of tilting due to a damaged foundation are doors and windows that get stuck that ordinarily opened with ease or cracks in interior walls.
Bear in mind that you should also look out for cracks and bulges in wood and concrete surfaces. This means that water has infiltrated the foundation and needs to be mediated quickly (especially before the winter, when it can expand and melt repeatedly).
Last, it’s important to re-check the foundation several weeks after the storm. Damage that may not have to be immediately visible after the storm can manifest weeks later without warning.
Electricity can cause serious damage and pose a threat to life if subjected to storm damage. Every electrical component that has been below floodwaters or exposed to excessive moisture should be inspected and replaced as a best practice (even if they appear unaffected). This includes outlets, switches, wiring, smart home systems, appliances, boilers, hot water heaters, furnaces, and more. Due to the nature of electrical hazards, you may want to call a professional to do a full assessment safely.
Storms often cause flood damage and flooded basements are a common occurrence – often in a relatively short time. After the waters have stopped rising, it’s important to remove any damp belongings, pump out any standing water, and dry the basement with fans to circulate moisture out of the space (often over the course of days).
#4. Exterior Walls
Severe winds and flying debris may cause you to experience storm damage on the exterior walls of your home. This includes shingles, siding, windowpanes, soffits, and other elements. Even minor loosening can cause leaks, so be sure to reattach and recaulk all affected areas.
Walk around your property to check for missing shingles, fallen tree branches, missing chimney flashing, or wet spots throughout your home (especially on the lower floors and ceilings). Big storms could allow rain to get inside your home causing water damage, which can lead to mold growth.
After the storm, check your gutters for any blockages. Focus on looking for any loose/disconnected gutters that could have broken or got jammed with debris. Considering the intended purpose of gutters is to divert water away from the property, gutters should be regularly cleaned to remove debris – or for a one-time fix, install gutter guards to allow water to enter the drainage, but keep out debris and animal nests.
When Storm Damage Strikes, Trust ServiceMaster Advantage
Whether you’ve performed a thorough storm damage inspection of your home or need the services of a professional, the experienced professionals at ServiceMaster Advantage are here to help.
Available 24/7/365, our crews are here to assist you with every type of storm damage and the repairs necessary to restore your home back to pre-loss condition. Call us to schedule your next storm damage inspection and repairs today!