Your home is built to withstand the weather, but when extreme weather conditions hit, there is a strong chance that it may do some lasting damage to the property. Now that the cold weather has arrived and the chances of a big storm are much greater, it’s important that you know how to protect your home but also how to identify any damage and fix it right away. After a big storm, you always need to do a thorough check of your home so you can spot any problems and deal with them. If you don’t do this, the damage will only get worse next time the weather gets bad. These are some of the common home issues to look out for after a big storm.
Foundation problems with your home are very expensive to fix and if they get too bad, your home won’t be safe to live in. So, it’s important that you catch them early and you should always check the foundations after a storm. A big buildup of water can weaken the foundations and cause them to crack and soil from underneath the foundations can be washed away, which causes problems that are not always apparent until months later. After a storm, always check the outside walls for any signs of cracking or bulging. Inside the house, check for doors that stick or floors that feel uneven. If you find something that doesn’t seem right, get it checked by a professional just in case.
Roof damage is one of the most common problems that people experience after a storm. Heavy winds and rain can easily pull off loose tiles and create holes in the roof. You need to get a roofing company out right away to fix this damage or it will only get worse. If you leave the holes, rainwater will seep in and more tiles will get knocked loose by the wind, so the damage gets worse and it’s more expensive to fix. This will also lead to damp problems throughout the house and it will be harder to keep the house warm because you lose a lot of heat through the holes in the roof.
After a period of heavy rain, flooding is very common, especially if you have a basement. You need to deal with flood damage right away and, if possible, improve your defenses to protect against flooding in the future. Any electrical fixtures that have been underneath floodwater need to be replaced right away. Even when the room is dried out, residual water can still make these fixtures incredibly dangerous, so it’s important that you replace them all.
Windows And Doors
Your windows and doors are the weak points in your home and strong winds can do a lot of damage. After a storm, go round and check the glass for any cracks and fix any damaged panes. Even if there are only small cracks, this makes it far more likely for the window to smash during another storm, so get it fixed right away.
If you neglect these problems after a storm, they will only keep getting worse, so it’s much cheaper to fix them sooner rather than later.