No matter where you live a serious storm can cause damage to your house. In the Northeast, we can have heavy rain, flooding, blizzards, and tornadoes. Whether you are prepped for disaster or need to take inventory of the damage to your home, here are some tips for cleaning up around your house.
Trees and large branches get tossed about in a storm which can cause holes and tear shingles off your roof. Any holes in your roof will have to be covered immediately until it can be repaired. If you have missing shingles, those are easier to repair. Visit your local hardware store and pickup a bundle of shingles to replace the ones lost during the storm.
While you are up there on your roof, check for damage to your chimney and the flashing around the base of it. If the flashing has come loose, contact your contractor to repair the flashing to prevent water leaking under and rotting the underlayment under the shingles.
During a storm it is easy for leaves to get into your gutters. Clean these out quickly to prevent water from backing up and splashing against your house or building up under your shingles.
You may be thankful that your windows were not damaged or destroyed during the storm, but a leaky window will let you know that you may have a big problem. Leaky windows mean that the seal around the window is broken or never got put in to begin with. Water leaking in and around your windows will eventually lead to rot. Get this fixed asap.
Damaged Trees and Fencing
One of the first things that get damaged in a storm are the trees around you and anything that is outside like fencing, outbuildings, etc. Small branches are easy to clean up. Large branches or whole trees that have fallen will need someone with a chainsaw that safely knows how to cut and clear the trees and branches.
Flooding Inside Your Home
It can be inconvenient but flooding in your home during a storm is no laughing matter. Water inside your home will damage flooring, walls, carpeting and lead to mold and mildew buildup. This will cause serious health issues for you and your family.
If you have flooding in your home, don’t wait, call a restoration specialist immediately to remove the excess water and the water-damaged parts of your house before it turns to mold and mildew. Black mold is very hazardous and should be dealt with as soon as the storm is over.