After finally finding your dream home and investing in your future, the last thing you ever wanted to experience was listening as a storm battered the exterior. Thankfully, the walls held up, but you now find yourself worrying about the roof. As you begin your storm cleanup, follow these tips to preserve the rest of your property.
You are naturally eager to get started on repairs. However, it is important to begin by making sure that your residence is safe. Water damage can pose a risk for shocks when it is near electricity, and mold begins to grow in as little as a day. Start with getting the water cleaned up while you check the exterior of your home for damage.
Assess the Attic for Clues
On multistory homes, the attic may be easier to check than the roof. Begin here, and check for signs of roof damage, such as seeing light emanating from holes. Leaks may also be identified as water stains or drips coming from the top or sides of the attic. Any signs of damage mean that another storm could cause further harm.
Check the Yard for Shingles
South Carolina storms often generate large amounts of wind that send shingles flying. If you lost shingles, they can often be found in the yard. Finding granules also means that your roof may have sustained damage. This finding is especially common if you have low-hanging branches that might have scratched the roof during the storm.
Remove Debris From the Roof
Broken branches and flying debris from other homes may have landed on your roof. Often, these are quite heavy, and the weight can add up to further damage to your roof if they are not removed. Always use caution, and call in a pro for help with heavy objects. Getting them off of your roof gives you a better view of any damage.
Inspect Gutters for Damage
It is also common for gutters to become damaged during a storm. Clogs from falling leaves or bird nests may have led water to build up on the roof, and these must be removed to prevent wood rot in the fascia. Broken or blown-off gutter parts should also be replaced before the next rainstorm so that water is directed away from your home.
Know How to Identify Hail Damage
Listening to the pounding hail on your roof likely left you cringing. When hail strikes roofing materials, you may notice cracks or small holes in your shingles. Hail can also damage the flashing around your chimney and vents so make sure to check those for dents when you are assessing the roof damage.
Contact Your Insurance Company
While you may be able to identify some damage on your own, you will need to have your roof professionally inspected. Once you have an idea of what kind of repairs need to be done, you can work with your homeowner's insurance to get it covered. Knowing your financial responsibility helps you make sure your roof is properly repaired.
Act Quickly With Roof Repairs
The problem with storm damage is that time is of the essence for getting your repairs done since a second round of rain is usually forthcoming. Prevent damage to the interior of your home by scheduling your roofing repairs as soon as possible. Not only will speedy repairs protect your property, but they will also let you clear your head of anxiety regarding what else could happen.
At Residential Roofing Services, we have years of experience cleaning up and repairing storm damage. Once those clouds clear, give us a call so that we can start assessing the damage and restoring your property.