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How to look for damage following a storm

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

When looking for damage to your home or business after a storm, it is important to be aware of any electrical wires or power lines down and if they are laying in water. Never enter the area if there are power lines down or exposed electrical wires. 

Damage can occur from wind, hail, flooding, and lighting. So, if the scene is safe, assess the following: 

  • Roof damage – Examine all parts of your roof (shingles, flashing, gutters and downspouts) for dents and pay attention to missing granules on asphalt shingles (as well as cracked, broken or bruised shingles).
  • Windowsills/window casings/siding – In addition to dents and dings, other signs of impact from hail include exposed surfaces or chipped paint/material (such as wood).
  • Air conditioning unit – Since this appliance is generally kept outside, it’s susceptible to hail damage and may need to be completely replaced depending on the extent of the storm damage. Look for smashed or damaged fan blade and consider having a professional inspect your AC unit to determine if any coils or internal parts are significantly damaged.

If everything seems fine on the outside, don't forget to look for inside clues. 

  • Foundation – Storm damage – mainly in the form of water damage/flooding – can impact a home’s foundation because water seepage can cause expansion and cracking which can severely compromise your home’s structure.  
  • Ceilings/Walls – Water damage will appear in the form of water spots, discoloration or changes in texture (such as sogginess and expansion). Leaks in the ceiling could indicate storm damage from wind and heavy rain, especially if a tree has fallen on your house.
  • Doors/Windows – Strong winds can blow out window panes (usually caused by flying debris) or knock down trees which can break through windows or doors. Exterior damage can include shattered glass, dents to windowsills/window casings, broken door frames, unhinged doors or significant cracking

In the event of any of these signs of storm damage, it is important to take care of it fast. Call SERVPRO of Carbondale/Marion today for any of your storm damage needs at (618) 998-8828.

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