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Mastering Post-Storm Roof Inspection: Protecting Your Home from Hidden Damage

6/5/2024 (Permalink)

It’s that time of year!

After a storm passes, clear skies bring a sense of relief. However, the aftermath often leaves a trail of damage, with roofs typically bearing the brunt. Neglecting post-storm roof damage, even the most minor kind, can cause issues to grow, like leaks, mold, and structural damage. Therefore, it’s crucial for homeowners and business owners to diligently inspect their roofs after storms to reduce the chance of potential problems.

Checking your roofing system thoroughly is essential to keep your home safe, and here are some of the main steps you can take to do this:

1. Exterior Inspection
Check for Missing, Cracked, or Broken Shingles: Begin by inspecting the roof’s surface for any signs of damage to the shingles. Missing, cracked, or broken shingles can compromise the roof’s ability to shield your home from the elements. Pay close attention to vulnerable areas such as valleys and ridges. Assess Gutters and Downspouts: Next, evaluate the condition of your gutters and downspouts. Remove any debris accumulated during the storm, as clogged gutters can impede proper drainage. Also, ensure that gutters are still securely attached to the fascia board and free of damage that could inhibit water flow. Look for Any Indication of Water Pooling: Scan the roof's surface for signs of pooling or standing water. This can indicate inadequate drainage or structural damage. Address any areas where water has collected, as prolonged pooling can accelerate deterioration and compromise the roof’s structural integrity.

2. Interior Inspection
Beyond an external evaluation, looking inside is just as crucial for finding possible leaks and water damage. Here is a thorough breakdown: Ceilings and Walls Visual Examination: Inspect ceilings and walls for water stains, discoloration, or any signs of moisture. These indications often signal the presence of roof leaks requiring immediate attention. Water Stains: Identify any visible water stains that may have penetrated through the roof due to storm damage. Addressing water stains promptly is essential to prevent further structural issues. Signs of Leaks: Carefully examine for any active leaks or dampness, as these can cause structural damage if left unattended. Attic Inspection: Conduct a detailed attic assessment for signs of water intrusion, including damp insulation, water spots, or visible leaks.

Remember, storms pass, but damage doesn’t always. Storms can bring with them water damage and potential mold issues. If you find any storm damage affecting your house or business and need help with water or mold remediation, call us at SERVPRO of Greater Boulder, Broomfield, Arvada at (303) 494-2000. We are here for you 24/7, 365 days a year. 

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