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Storm Damage Checklist

October 21, 2022

Here’s a storm damage checklist for your reference to clearly understand what type of damage your roof may have endured:

If you’re a resident of the Pacific Northwest, chances are that you have encountered rough weather more times than you can count.

From hailstorms to heavy winds and torrential rain, storms can cause a lot of potential damage to your homes, especially the roof!

So, once a storm has passed, the first thing you should do is check for storm damage. 

1. Visible Roof Storm Damage

Walk around the perimeter of your house to check for visible signs of roof damage. This includes broken or missing shingles, curled shingles, dented flashing, exposed roof deck, granule loss, etc.

If you spot these damages from ground level, it’s time to hire a roofing company to fix these issues as soon as possible.

2. Inspect the Area Around the House

Take note of the area around your house and look for damaged fences, fallen tree limbs, broken posts, and patio. Also, check the ground for shingles or other roofing components that might have blown off during the storm. This will help you identify roof damage that is not visible from the ground. 

3. Check the Gutters and Vents

The gutters, roofing vents, and overhangs can get dented or filled with loose leaves and debris. If they are clogged or dented, you should clean them out and get them fixed to avoid further damage due to standing water.

4. Windows

The windows around your house can get damaged too. Check the windows for cracks, loose weatherstripping, and torn screens. If the windows are damaged, you should get them fixed or replaced soon, as cracked windows cannot sustain harsh weather for long.

5. Attic and Ceilings 

Even if your roof seems apparently unharmed from the exterior, there are chances of unseen leaks present under the shingles, roof deck, or underlayment that can lead to serious damage later on. To spot leaks, inspect the ceiling, light fixtures, and attic of your home for brown water spots on the inside walls. If you find any seepage, it means the roof is leaking. Find the source of the leak, and get it repaired instantaneously.

6. Basement and Crawlspace

Moisture can also seep into the structure of your house through the basement and crawlspace. Storms can lead to standing water in these spaces of your home that can weaken the foundation, seep into the walls, and cause moisture accumulation, which is a serious problem on its own!  

What to Do In Case of Storm Damage?

If you find any of the discussed signs and symptoms for storm damage inside, outside, or on the roof of your home, you should hire a roofing contractor as soon as possible to fix all the major and minor issues.

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To Sum it Up…

Storm damage is imminent! However, if you inspect your roof and exterior right after a storm and take timely action, you can avoid further damage and save time, money, and lives!

Here is a full inspection checklist for a full view!

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