If a storm has left behind a big mess around your property, you've got a lot of cleaning up to do. Don't be overwhelmed – breaking down the work you need to do into stages can help make it more manageable.
Interior Water Damage
If your roof leaked during the storm and you have water inside your home, this is usually the first thing you want to take care of. Standing water can cause serious damage to floors, appliances, and other objects, and is also an electrical hazard, so call a damage restoration company right away.
But if even small amounts of water have pooled on the floor, you should clean them up before they soak into the subfloor and cause more problems – like encouraging the growth of mold and mildew. Also watch for discolored spots on your ceiling or walls, which are a sign that water has leaked into them. This is usually a sign of hidden roof leaks.
While the exact damage you're looking for differs based on the material your house's exterior is made of, the general rule of thumb is to look for cracks, chips, or otherwise visibly damaged areas. Be sure to check the trim around doors and windows as well, as these areas can easily let water into the house if damaged.
A common mistake is to underestimate "cosmetic" damage to exterior paint. Paint and other color coatings aren't just there to look nice – they protect the materials underneath them. Paint that has chipped away is exposing material underneath to the sun, wind, and rain, causing accelerated wear and tear.
Some roof damage is obvious – if a tree branch has fallen on your roof and knocked off some shingles, you'll definitely notice it. But if your roof looks okay from a distance, you should still give it a closer inspection. Even small areas of damage can worsen over time and cause leaks and other problems in the future.
If you want to inspect your roof yourself, the safest way to do it is from the ground with a pair of binoculars. If you're not sure what you should be looking for, you can also hire a professional roofer to inspect your roof.
Getting rid of storm debris in your home and yard is also important. Debris that sits around can be a hazard for children and pets. And if left too long, wood and plant debris can begin to decompose, making it more difficult to remove.
Rather than waste time painstakingly hauling the debris to the dump, think about calling a garbage removal company like Duffield Hauling INC and renting a dump trailer. It's much more efficient to fill a single trailer with debris and then get rid of it all at once. And if you've got too much debris to handle yourself, some companies can even be hired to gather the debris into the dump trailer as well.