Even the mildest of storms can cause damage to your home that you may or may not see. When you think of storm damage, you think of tornados, hurricanes, and hailstorms. You may not think of what a run of the mill storm can do to your home under the right circumstances. Let’s look at three common types of storm damage, how to prevent them, and what to do if damage occurs.
3 of the Most Common Types of Storm Damage
Missing shingles is one of the most common types of storm damage homeowners deals with. Shingles can go missing for a variety of reasons, such as windstorms, hailstorms, and other weather-related events. Birds can also cause shingles to go missing loosening them as they peck at debris on the roof. Missing shingles should always be replaced as soon as possible because these gaps can lead to other shingles getting loose and water displacement into your attic and interior.
Dented gutters are another common type of storm damage. If you take care of your gutters regularly, you’ll notice dents quickly and can evaluate if they need to be repaired. Not all dents need to be repaired or sections of gutter replaced, it really depends on the severity of the dent, did it cause a hole, or is it interfering with the ability of the flow of water. If you’re not sure if a dent can be left alone, call a professional to inspect them before it might cause an issue.
Basement or First Floor Flooding
Basement, or first floor, flooding is another type of storm damage that can also be caused by other factors. Heavy rainstorms, snow melts, and natural disasters can easily cause basements and first floors to flood. Even the smallest of floods can lead to issues with your foundation, insulation, flooring, and more. If a room in your home has flooded, calling a plumber is your first step to stop the flooding and prepare for the cleanup that follows.
Storm damage can be fleeting but it’s something to be aware of and handle as it happens when owning a home or property