Assessing Summer Storm Damage

by Lindsay DurrenbergerAugust 11, 2011

Because I’ve lived in Florida all my life, I am no stranger to summer storms. As a matter of fact, I’ve grown to like them. Every summer day round 2:00PM, the entire city goes dark, and everyone hides from the thunderous storm approaching. Usually, the storms are brief, and only leave behind slick streets and glistening puddles. But every once in a while, a storm will come by that leaves the surroundings in shambles.

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Here are some tips on how to assess the damage after a summer storm sweeps through your neighborhood.

Wait it Out

If a storm happens during the night, wait until daylight to go outside and check your surroundings. In the off chance that a power line is down, you don’t want to risk running into it.

Go Down Under

If you have a basement, check it thoroughly for leaks and flooding. Take a flashlight and carefully inspect every nook, cranny, and corner. Make sure to do this even if your basement doesn’t normally flood, to catch any small cracks or slow leaks.

Raise the Roof

Go outside and check to see if any shingles have fallen off of your roof. If you or a helper can, get on the roof to get a better look and to see if any shingles are missing or torn. (If getting on your roof makes you nervous, no problem, ask a professional roofer to come out and check it out for you.)

Get in the Gutter

Check to make sure gutters and waterspouts are still secure and facing the correct way. Also, clean out your gutters and waterspouts to make sure they are free of storm debris.

Side Note

Make sure your siding isn’t warped, even a little bit. Fixing these problems when they’re small is a lot easier and more cost effective than it is if you wait until the damage is extensive.

Hit the Deck

If you’ve got a deck, look for loose boards or nails and splinters. You can make small repairs with fasteners or extra nails.

Summer storms are a part of life, but a wrecked house doesn’t have to be. Follow these easy steps after each strong storm to ensure your house remains the sturdy home you know it to be.

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