What to Do After a Big Storm

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(Newswire.net — July 21, 2021) — It can be very scary to go through a serious storm, whether it’s a hurricane that has come through your area or a severe local storm. Once the rain stops coming down and the wind lets up, it’s time to assess the damage and see what needs repair. Here’s what you need to know about what to do after a big storm:

Check Your Roof

Your roof tends to take the brunt of a storm, especially if there is a lot of wind or hail in it. Shingle roofs are especially at risk of being damaged. Even one or two shingles that have been pulled up can put your home at risk of leaking and structural damage. 

If you have encountered a major storm, especially if you can see where damage may have been done to the roof or you are experiencing leaks after the storm, it is essential that you look into storm damage roof repair as soon as possible.

Leaving a roof with damage can have serious consequences, not only for your roof but also for your entire home, since a leaking roof can lead to mold and structural damage.

Inspect Your Trees

Lots of wind and rain can have significant consequences for the trees on your property. Even if branches don’t fall or trees are not uprooted in the midst of the storm, they may be significantly weakened so it will not take much to bring them down in the future. 

Excessive rainfall combined with strong winds can be especially damaging since the rain weakens the roots’ hold in the ground while the wind pushes the tree down. Look into the canopy to see if any branches are cracked or hanging and carefully consider the angle of the tree trunk to make sure that the tree is not leaning. You can also inspect the ground to see if roots have risen up. 

If you have any doubts at all as to the health and structural integrity of your trees, it is best to hire an arborist to set your mind at ease.

Check Your Roof and Trees After a Storm

Your roof and trees are often the parts of your property that may sustain the most damage during a serious storm. Even after the storm has passed, issues that have been caused with the roof and trees may continue to affect your property and result in significant problems down the road. 

A tree that has been weakened by excessive rain and wind can fall with relatively little warning, and a roof with even a couple of shingles missing can leak and result in structural damage and mold in your home.