A winter storms can tear through quiet neighborhoods and cause any number of potential hazards to your property. These storms are often accompanied by high-speed wind, snow and ice, which can exacerbate the issues at hand. According to the National Centers for Environmental Information, individual weather events are capable of causing billions of dollars in damage to commercial properties and homes. Winter storm damage comes in the form of both exterior and interior losses. Your home is at risk from roof leaks, shingle deterioration, rotted wood underneath siding, damaged gutters, foundation cracks, and fallen trees. These particular damages can cause ongoing problems if they are not immediately remedied. You should be aware of all these potential problems and after a storm, check your property.
It is best to have your home immediately inspected following a storm. Routine inspections are advised and encouraged. Take care of any and all accrued damage as soon as it is discovered. Contacting Xtreme Home Improvement an experienced storm damage restoration company for these inspections is a sound option.
Missing Components in Roofs
Depending on the power of the storm, it is possible that components of your roof may be swept away. The fascia board, often referred to as the roofline, is the piece mounted at the point where the roof meets the outer walls and holds your gutter in place. The soffit, is the section which sits between the siding and roofline. Either has the potential to be removed during a serious winter storm.
Dams and Leaks
Following a severe snowstorm, the edge of your roof can become frozen. This prevents water and snow from draining. This can cause damage to your ceiling, the insulation, and walls. If you notice water damage to your ceiling, you will more than likely need professional help. However, there will be times that water damage goes unnoticed in your roof and siding. It would still be wise to contact the professionals to inspect for rotting wood, mold, or other signs of water damage.
Damaged Doors and Windows
Heavy snow, rain, and sleet can beat against your doors and windows. This leaves behind chips, cracks, dents, and damaged wood. It can also cause damages to screens and trim surrounding the windows. This will require immediate attention or else cold air will seep into your home driving up the utility bill.
Similar to the roof losing shingles, the siding of your home can be torn away from strong winds. Also, severe and/or sudden change of temperatures can sometimes result in cracking or breakage of vinyl siding. You will need to get it replaced as soon as possible is to ensure water damage does not occur within your home. Stronger replacement material will help weather any future winter storms.
If your home is breached during a winter storm, water leaks can result in damage to the roof, ceilings, walls and insulation. Wet insulation from trapped water will sit there like a sponge leading to rot and mold. It’s difficult to dry out. To prevent this, prior to a storm you should angle your spouts away from your home’s foundation. This will allow snow and rainwater to drain in the desired direction.
Storm Damage is No Match for Xtreme
It always pays to be well prepared for whatever the future brings. This is also why you should work with a restoration company you know and trust. Xtreme Home Improvement has a team of storm damage restoration technicians who are skilled in assessment, repairs, and cleanup following a storm-related incident. Whether a winter storm has led to a damaged roof, or frozen pipes, we’re up to any challenge and our experts will get your home back in working order. We can also help recommend ways you can mitigate damage in the future.