In recent years, weather in North America has been unpredictable and intense (especially during the winter months). Sleet, wind, hail, ice, and snow make traveling difficult for many people and can cause significant damage to your home, particularly to your roof. Maintaining a functional, intact roof is important to the safety of your home, so you should know how to assess storm damage and repair it if you are able. Here are some tips on how to do this:
Check the interior of your home
If you’ve recently gone through a severe storm, inspect the inside of your home. Start with the attic and look for signs of water leaking. After checking this, look to see if sunlight is penetrating through the shingles and into the attic. If it is, this is a sign of damage. Make sure you check the ceilings and walls in every room for water leakage as well.
If your roof has a severe leak, try to minimize the damage.
If a certain room in your home has a significant leak, remove all furniture and valuables from that room. Use a tarp to contain the leak from affecting other parts of the home and then place a bucket or other container underneath the leak to collect the water.
Get on top of your roof and inspect it for damage.
You’ll get a good view of your roof by being right on top of it – interior inspections may not show all of the damage your roof has sustained. When you get up there, look for dents or holes in the shingles – as the storm might have taken some off.
Inspect your gutters.
While you’re up on the roof, inspect your gutters and downspouts to ensure they haven’t loosened from the wall. In some cases, downspouts can become bent from wind gusts. Clear any debris from the gutters that may have accumulated during the storm – clogged gutters can’t carry water away from your roof, which can lead to more damage to your home.
If you have a chimney, figure out if it’s leaning.
A strong storm may have damaged your chimney as well. Look for loose or missing bricks and tears in the chimney’s structure.
When inspecting your roof, always make sure you are using a steady ladder. It’s best that you make sure you have someone with you in case you need help. If getting on top of your roof is not a safe option for you, be sure to call a professional.