Inspecting Your Roof After A Natural Disaster
Natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, or severe storms often wreak havoc on our homes. One of the most vulnerable parts of any house is the roof, which bears the brunt of the elements. After a natural disaster, it is essential to inspect your roof thoroughly for any damage or potential risks.
Before beginning any inspection, prioritize safety. Natural disasters can cause structural damage, making your roof unstable. For your personal safety, it's highly recommended to hire a professional roofing contractor to climb up and inspect your roof instead of attempting to do it yourself. They have the knowledge and proper tools to correctly diagnose any problems.
You should, however, conduct a visual inspection of your roof from a safe location on the ground. Look for any obvious signs of damage, including missing or displaced shingles, sagging areas, or fallen debris. Pay close attention to the roof's edges, valleys, and any protrusions such as chimneys or vents.
Be sure to have your roofing inspector examine these areas:
Flashing around chimneys, skylights, vents, and other roof penetrations. Look for any signs of damage, gaps, or loose sections.
Sealants for cracks or peeling, as they play a vital role in preventing water intrusion.
Gutters and downspouts for any debris, clogs, or damage caused by the natural disaster. Damaged gutters can lead to water overflow, which may cause additional roof damage.
Next, look around the interior of your home, particularly the attic or upper floor, for any signs of water leaks or visible light coming through the roof. Particularly watch for damp spots, water stains, or any unusual smells, as these tend to indicate roof damage. Promptly address any interior issues to prevent further deterioration or mold growth.
Finally, take detailed photos of all damage observed during the exterior and interior inspection. These photos are key for handling insurance claims and working with professionals during the repair process.
Watertight Roofing Services has qualified roof inspectors ready to assist you after a storm. Call us at 813-971-5404 for a free inspection. We will assess the roof thoroughly, identify hidden damage, and provide appropriate repair solutions.