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Serving the Entire Wilmington Area Including Leland & Hampstead
Serving the Entire Wilmington Area Including Leland & Hampstead

Weathered a Big Storm? Tricky Areas Where Damage May Hide

Bad Weather Incoming
Assessing your home's structure after a major storm or hurricane is vital. Not only can smaller problems grow into larger ones, but unfixed damage can create new damage if left unchecked.

But as you inspect your home for damage, you need to do more than simply look for holes, broken windows, and other obvious issues. To look deeper, keep an eye out for these signs of hidden problems. 

Signs of Moisture

Moisture is one of the biggest threats from a big, wet storm. Unfortunately, moisture issues are often harder to find than wind or hail damage. While many people find obvious moisture damage like stains on the ceiling or drip spots inside the home, they may miss other indicators.

You should look for broken shingles on the roof or in the siding, cracks in window frames, bulges or changes in wood, and an ongoing "musty" smell. You may need to get into the crawl spaces and check under the house for stagnant water, too. 

Nonfunctional Doors or Windows

Check all your windows and doors — basically anything that opens and closes within a frame — to see if they operate as they did before. A simple door test is one of the easiest things you can do, and it will let you know if you should be looking for deeper issues.

Many things can cause changes in how parts fit together in your home's structure, including changes to the foundation, slippage, shifting, bulging in frames, and moisture within the wood. 

New Cracks

Cracks are sometimes hard to identify as new because so many cracks are common and never cause any trouble. You probably have some cracks around the foundation of the house and on nearby hardscape, so keep a careful eye out for cracks that you don't remember being there before the storm. New cracks around the base of the house or in the walls could indicate that the foundation is shifting. As well as the existence of new cracks, pay attention to their direction to determine the cause of any shifting. 

Debris Camouflage

It's hard to see the damage that's covered up by debris, greenery, or other damage. This is when you have to do a little digging to make sure there are no hidden issues lurking underneath. Once the storm has passed and any immediate dangers are removed, carefully begin pulling away any remaining branches, leaves, and dirt that are pressing up against the house or on the roof. Wash the house's siding and windows to clear them of leftover dirt so you can get a clear look at what's underneath. 

Roof Issues

The roof is, by its nature, usually the hardest-hit part of your home in a storm. You should carefully inspect the roof for cracked, curled, or broken shingles. If you have an asphalt roof, excessive granules (or grit) coming down the gutters or around the roof base may also indicate damage to the protective layers of your shingles. 

Check the roof from the inside, as well. Sometimes, damage from winds or hail aren't obvious on the surface of the roof but show up inside the house instead. Climb into the attic and check the roof edges for indicators of moisture, such as bulging or stains. 

The best way to locate and fix hidden damage after a big storm is to have the house professionally assessed by an experienced local construction company. They know what small indicators to look for as well as what is the best way to address new problems. At Venters' Construction Inc, we can help get your home looking and working like new again no matter what the hurricane or windstorm brought.