Storm Damaged Roof Preparation
If you have just experienced a severe thunderstorm or a heavy snowstorm that finally passed, you might feel relieved. However, in reality, if your property was not properly constructed and maintenance on essential parts of it was not done well, a more significant problem might be brewing.
Storm water runoff can quickly overwhelm natural and human-made systems, causing flooding, sewage backup, and other property damage types on the lower levels. But the story doesn’t end here. If your roof was not in great shape, to begin with, a strong storm could rip off the shingles and safety materials while exposing your home to water damage.
Another reason why you might need a roof repair after a heavy storm is if you have backed up gutters. You know, those things that are attached to the bottom of your roof to guide the water away from it? If you haven’t cleaned those in a while, it may cause standing water to occur, and a small part of your roof might be submerged in it.
In inclement weather, the steps you take now to ready your home and yard for adequate drainage will help you escape time-consuming and costly roof repairs.
In a natural environment, runoff is absorbed by the soil, evaporates into the atmosphere, or drains into bodies of water. Homeowners need to ensure that the environment is set up correctly for the water to run away from the property.
How can you protect your roof to minimize heavy storm damage?
There are a few ways that you can help secure your roof from the effects of heavy storms, winds, snow, or ice build-ups. Let’s cover the most common ones below.
A quick way to get your roof destroyed is by having a tree falling on top of it. While landscaping and tree trimming provides your yard with a more appealing look, it also keeps the tree branches in check so that they do not cause damage during severe weather.
The goal is to remove weak, loose, or dead branches that can fly into a window or even onto your roof and cause damage during a storm. This is especially important when trees are close to your property.
Keep your gutters clear of obstructions
Keeping the gutters clear from debris, dirt, and any other obstructions is an essential step in this process. Heavy downpours can cause severe damage if your gutters cannot move the water out quickly and effectively.
Ensure that you do not run into this problem by regularly checking to see if there are no obstructions in your gutters. While you are cleaning, you should also check to make sure that the gutters are securely attached and at no point are loose, and that piping is connected correctly along with your drainage system.
Hire a professional to inspect your roof
If you feel safer by having a professional take a look at your roof and water drainage system attached to it, you should hire a qualified company to conduct an inspection. The cost of dealing with the damage far exceeds the cost of taking necessary precautions to prevent any mishaps related to repairing your roof.
A few clear signs that would signal your roof needing an inspection would be:
- Missing shingles
- The roof is curling at the edges
- Water damage that is seen from the interior
- Rotten wood
- Rusty gutters that may even have holes in them
If your roof had experienced hail damage and has some broken or cracked shingles, it is best to replace them. New shingles can withstand heavy storms and protect your property much better than old ones.
Most of the time, roof repairs caused by natural events should get covered by your insurance company. In some cases, if you could have taken preventative measures and you didn’t, your claim might not get accepted.
Other things to consider
Other things to consider consist of you doing a proper inspection of your water flow system. Is your gutter system structured in a way where they would move the water away from your home? Is your property in a negative drainage spot where the water can start to pool instead of getting moved away?
The same inspection would go for gutters. Are they slightly sloping away to the runoff points so that water doesn’t sit? Gutters that have water gathering spots can cause water damage to the walls, which then can evolve into mold damage restoration problem on its own.
If you have a basement, you should also ensure that it is properly sealed off and does not have any cracks in the foundation. While this is not roof repair or preventative maintenance-related, it can quickly become a headache if you have to deal with water damage restoration caused by floods.
If you are still unsure of what preventative measures you could take to get ready for a stormy or snowy time of the year, contact Orange Restoration for your roof inspection and drainage system inspection needs in Louisville, KY, New Albany, IN, and surrounding areas!