What Happens to Your Roof After a Severe Storm or Weather Condition?
The thunderstorms in the Gulf South are on another level compared to many areas of the United States. After a thunderstorm, you might be concerned about damage to your home and especially your roof. After a storm, here are some tips for inspecting your roof for water damage so you can get it fixed before the next storm.
Check Your Roof
If you don't see any internal damage, you should try to get up on your roof and check for any missing shingles, cracks, or other damages. Carefully go over each section to find any kind of wind or water damage. Make sure any seals around grates, vents, or windows are intact and have not been weathered.
Check For Leaks
The obvious way to know if you have roof damage is if there is water leaking into your home. Look along the seams where the wall meets the ceiling, corners of rooms, and in the attic for any kind of moisture or dampness. If you find any, you will know where to make repairs and can help to mitigate to prevent further damage.
How To Use Your Garden Hose To Check
The most thorough test you can do for your roof to ensure there are no leaks is to test it out by simulating heavy rain conditions. With someone inside watching for leaks, pour water from the garden hose over sections of your roof to look for leaks. You can also do this to make sure your gutters are properly draining. This test will give you a firsthand look at how water is draining off your roof and let you know of any repairs that need to be made.
If you find any damage to your home or roof, immediately contact your home insurance provider and document any damage with pictures so that you can get a claim submitted for repair costs. Our New Orleans Uptown & Mid-City team is on standby 24/7 to help mitigate any issues. We also have a phenomenal construction team that can help with roof repairs!