Weather changes are mostly, unpredictable. If a hurricane hits a community it holds no mercy for homes and their residents, that come on the way. They potentially bring a massive amount of destruction. If you’re concerned about your home’s condition after the hurricane passes away, you first need to inspect your roof and check if it’s in good condition or badly damaged. Here are some tips on how you should inspect your roof after a hurricane.
Clear the Debris
Inspecting a roof requires a significant amount of money, time, and effort. But you can put this off because of these reasons if you’re concerned about keeping it in good condition for a long time. Keeping the roof in good condition is critical if you want to keep your loved ones safe.
But if you neglect to repair your roof shortly after a hurricane and allow the leaves, branches, and other debris to stay on the top, the damage will increase. When the debris stays somewhere for a long time it sends moisture underneath which then turns to mildew and rot. This debris can also hide significant damages like holes and missing shingles, which may lead to extensive water damage to your home when there’s rain next time. To avoid this from happening, you should clear all debris.
Look for Popped Nails
When there’s a hurricane, nails on the roof often start popping up because of the pressure of the wind and rain. If you encountered a hurricane, don’t forget to look for nails driven to the surface during the harsh weather. Conduct a robust inspection of your driveway and attic as well for nails. These nails can cause injuries and damage to lawn equipment and vehicle. The best way to collect the popped-up nails is using a metal detector.
Examine your Attic
When you’re conducting a roof inspection, don’t forget to examine your attic and check it for any leaks or water spots. Check your attic’s insulation in all the crevices and corners where you think water can accumulate. Since water moves through the attic from the roof to accumulate in your ceiling, it’s the first place to check for water spots. If there’s some water in your home’s attic, it may cause mold and mildew problems in the future. So, even if you see a very small leak, take it seriously and address it as soon as possible.
Examine Your Fixtures
Examining your fixtures is an integral part of roof inspection after a hurricane. Closely examine your light fixtures, especially the fixtures connected to exhaust fans. If your flashings have become damaged, water can pool in through the fans and other ceiling fixtures.
Flashing is basically the metallic covering around the pipes projecting out from the roof. These pipes are the ones responsible for evacuating heat from your home; such as exhaust pipes in the kitchen (protruding from the stoves) or bathrooms. Water can accumulate on the fixtures and stoves if the flashing of these pipes cracks up during a hurricane.
Gutter and Leaf Guard Inspection
When a hurricane hits an area, tiny fragments or granules of the shingles accumulate in your gutter. Closely inspect the gutters for dents and other damages. If you notice gutters pulling back from the roof, fix them as soon as possible to avoid even bigger damages. After clearing out the visible impediments, check the flow. If you notice that the flow is lower than the hose pressure, there’s certainly a blockage that needs to be removed.
While inspecting gutters, don’t forget that gutters often conduct electricity. Therefore, if you see any collapsed power lines or dropped trees, clear them away before inspecting your gutters.
During the roof inspection, also check if there are any cracks between the flashing and shingles. Take a note if you see some broken shingles as well. If there are any missing shingles, it means there’s only a thin short-term protection underlayment on your roof and it needs immediate repair.
It’s best if you examine the shingles from the ground. Use binoculars to check for spots caused by the moving debris and hail.
Monitor your Ceilings
You can’t see or predict every damage caused by the hurricane, soon after it’s over. Many issues will become visible when you expect them the least. Often, the roof of the ceiling looks perfect when you inspect them after a hurricane, but after some weeks or months, several issues start to creep up.
We highly recommend people to keep checking their roof, after every few days for some time, and address the damages as soon as you notice them.
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When a powerful hurricane hits, you shouldn’t neglect the damage it may cause and take immediate action to fix the damages caused by it before the situation becomes worse. Roof inspection helps you get a clear picture of your house’s current state and how long you can expect it to survive (if there’s massive damage). It can help you evaluate the extent of damage and repairing it will give you peace of mind that it can withstand future hurricanes and storms.
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