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April Showers . . .
Monday, April 17, 2017

 . . . can bring a lot more than just May flowers.  Here in the Tri-State area they can also bring high winds or tornadoes, torrential downpours and hail the size of baseballs, all of which can lead to major storm damage to your home.  Flooded basements, downed trees that can shatter windows and punch holes in your roof, loose/broken/missing shingles . . . the list goes on and on.  Perhaps worse, however, is the damage that you can’t readily see.  So, how do you spot storm damage quickly before it gets out of hand?

Cracks in the foundation         

You may already have some pre-existing vertical hairline cracks in your foundation from the normal course of settling over the years.  If you see that these have widened after a storm, however, you may be facing some much bigger issues.  Does your house backup against a hillside?  Make sure to check for horizontal cracks as they can be a sign that your hillside is shifting and pushing your house off its foundation.

Sagging or swaying rooflines                 

If your foundation shifts then your walls are going to shift.  That can be a major problem when the walls that are shifting are load bearing.  These are the walls that are designed to carry the weight of your roof through your structure and down to the foundation.  Check your roof line after any storm to see if there is any swaying in the middle or sagging on the ends as this is a good indicator of shifting walls.

Dampness in the underside of your roof

After a storm that brings high winds and hail your roof may look just fine from the outside but there could be a fair amount of damage underneath.  The roof sheathing -- panels of wood or other material fastened to your rafters/trusses and on which your shingles are laid -- keeps everything properly spaced and your roof strong. Get up into the attic and check the underside for moisture.    

“Sticky” doors and windows 

A sure sign that you are experiencing either a shifting of your foundation or some structural damage is doors and/or windows that stick. You can easily tell just by opening and closing each one if you may have a problem that needs to be addressed.

Bulging walls

The walls in your home should be fairly straight up and down.  If you see any bulging it’s a good bet that you have damage lurking in your wall putting pressure on your drywall or plaster.  It may not look like much now but if not addressed right away your walls may fail as the pressure builds.

 

Dealing with storm damage can be costly and scary if you don’t know what you’re doing.  That’s why it’s imperative that you turn to a professional when you spot any of the signs above.  Midwest Property Pros can take the guess work out of inspection and repair and we can even help speed things up with your insurance claim.  Contact Usonline or give us a call at 513.488.1000 to receive a FREE onsite estimate and let us help you create a comprehensive plan of action.




 

 

 

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