Storms can definitely do a number on your house’s integrity, particularly its roofing system. When the roof loses its reliability, its performance will deteriorate fast, endangering your entire home and, in effect, your family.
Here are instructions for taking care of your roof and knowing what to do in case your area is hit by a storm.
Before the storm
This is something you can do even if the weather is good. Inspect your home for areas that have moisture. If there is moisture in places like walls and the ceiling, you have a leak, so your house is already compromised. Call a professional to correct this as soon as possible, before the problem becomes worse. The dangers are many; your walls and ceiling lose their sturdiness and the wiring of your entire home may be exposed, possibly leading to a fire. A professional may use a live circuit tracer to determine whether any of the wires are anywhere near the leak.
Get up to your attic and look for shafts of light coming through. If you find any, you know there’s a hole. This is the time to call a professional to do some repairs. If the roof is buckling or drooping, you may need to have the entire roof replaced as your beams and supports are already rotting.
After the storm
Break out the ladder and check on your roof once again. Remove any debris that the storm may have left there, such as leaves and branches. Look for signs of damage on the shingles, flashing, gutter, downspouts, chimney, vents, and all other parts of your roofing system. If your roof is not too old, and if you did your due diligence before the storm, your insurance may reimburse you for the cost of repair or replacement brought about by storm damage.
Know how to take care of your roof, whether the weather is good or bad. Understand the life expectancy of your roof can be lengthened with a little care and regular maintenance.