Northwest Indiana has seen its share of storms in the past several
months! The storm on June 4th clocked winds at over 90 miles per hour! There
seemed to be downed trees and power lines everywhere. Although damage is
sometimes obvious (like fallen trees), there are subtle ways in which the
storm may have caused havoc to your home. Take a few moments to look at
these aspects of your home. Addressing these areas now will save you time
and expenses in the long run.
Generally, the roof takes the brunt of a storm’s fury. As a home inspector,
I’ve seen the problems that roof damage can cause over time. Take a few
moments to inspect your roof: from the ground, walk around your house and
look for any missing shingles or ones that are lifting up around the edges,
chimney, vents and valleys, like those in the photo below. You can also
inspect your roof from inside the attic. Look for any discoloration in the
plywood surface, which may be indicative of water damage. If you can see
light coming in from around the plumbing vent or chimney, it may be a sign
that the flashing has been damaged and needs to be replaced.
The gutters are another aspect of your home that take a beating in a storm.
Clogged gutters and leaking or dripping gutter seams are obvious signs of
damage. Standing water will weigh your gutters down, even to the point of
pulling them away from the fascia boards! Usually, gutter damage takes place
in the form of holes, cracks or sags. Very small gutter holes may be
repaired by purchasing and applying a self-stick gutter patch or a sealant.
(Be sure to clean the area thoroughly first.) Sagging gutters should be
refastened with the appropriate-sized screws.
Sounds simple enough, right? Sadly, many homeowners fail to check their
homes for damage after a storm, and as a result, the damage remains
untreated, causing further problems and expenses.