Severe Weather Checklist: After the Storm
After a severe storm, it is important that you and your family run through your severe weather checklist for both your family’s safety and the safety of your home. It is important to inspect your home for any signs of damage so that it can be fixed immediately and not present a long-term issue for your home moving forward. Here is a severe weather checklist for after the storm from Roof Right.
Tip #1: Make sure there are no immediate threats to your safety.
If the power has gone out due to the storm, make sure to check for any downed power lines that could present a safety hazard to you, your family, and your neighbors. Remember never touch or move a downed power line, just document its location for your electrical company, and call them immediately afterward.
Tip #2: Inspect the roof and exterior siding
After the severe storm has passed, make sure to inspect your roof for any dents, broken shingles, and holes big or small. If you believe there has been significant damage to your home contact a professional roofer to walk the roof versus yourself. Also note any damage to your home’s gutters and downspouts, as well as the exterior siding. Small nicks and dents can lead to much bigger problems down the road.
Tip #3 Inspect your home’s appliances
While outdoor systems like your air conditioning unit could take a beating from the elements, your indoor appliances such as your washer, dryer, dishwasher, and refrigerator could also suffer damage from water leaks or power surges. Once the severe storm has passed make sure to check on all your homes appliances and systems to make sure they are functioning properly and safely.
Tip #4 Check the attic, crawlspace, and basement
Often overlooked, these areas are the first sign that the severe weather has entered your home. Check for any mold, rotten wood, and water damage throughout the attic, crawlspace, and basement. If there is any damage, it is important to contact a professional right away as this could lead to structural damage or larger problems down the road.
Tip #5 Document any and all signs of damage
After you have walked the inside and outside of your home, do not forget to take any photos or videos of any and all signs of the storm damage. If possible photograph your home prior to the storm so that way you can have before and after photos.
Need help with your severe weather checklist?
If you need help with your severe weather checklist, make sure to contact Roof Right. As residential roofing providers in Maryland, we have seen it all, and know exactly what to do in order to secure and protect your home. If your home has been damaged by a severe storm please make sure to contact us for emergency repairs.