How to Check for Roof Damage After a Storm
After a significant storm, it's a good idea to inspect your property for storm damage. Your home's main line of defense is your roof, and it takes a beating. Pay attention to things like dings in your gutters or tears in your window screens, which indicate hail damage. You may see missing tiles or other signs of roof damage from the ground, but most leaks don't represent a need for whole roof replacement. Usually, the leak is coming from something requiring minor roof repair. Find the source of the leak, stop it, and clean the water damage.
Find the Leak Source
During storms in Florida, wind damage lets the rain into your roof. Inside the home, look for stains that indicate the leak source and the area that needs roof repair. You may see water stains on your ceiling or coming down a wall. When you see that, get your flashlight and head to that area. Here are five familiar sources for a roof leak:
- Vents and fans
- Window dormers
- Vent pipes
- Unsecured nails and nail holes
Fix Water Damage
To complete your roof repair, start looking for materials with water damage. Check for discolorations and rotting wood and wet drywall and insulation. When you find mold, remain careful and don't spread during cleanup.
A mold remediation professional can help create a containment area while working on the water and mold damage.If you haven't found mold, be sure to start drying any wet materials immediately. Mold can begin growing on wet damaged materials in as little as 48 hours. Complete drying is critical to preventing mold, and it may take longer than you realize. Specialists have monitoring equipment that they use to ensure materials are dry.