If you live in an area where you often get storms, don’t throw caution to the wind. The last thing you want is things going awry in the middle of a storm – anything from a bit of flooding to the whole roof caving in. Don’t wait for news about an approaching storm – listen to a professional roofing contractor in Auburn and make your preparations ahead of time.
Knowing what to expect in a storm helps you prepare for it. These include much lower temperatures, several inches of rain, strong winds, power failure, lightning strikes, and falling trees. If you live close to a body of water, expect the water levels to rise.
Start by assessing the condition of your assets. Perform the following inspections:
- We strongly recommend hiring a professional for closer inspections and repair, so avoid climbing up the roof if possible – we recommend using a pair of binoculars for an ocular inspection. Look for missing, broken or curling shingles, or any general signs of damage.
- Pay special attention to sagging and dented gutters. Remove leaves, branches and other debris when you can. As with your roofing in Kent, WA, anything more than perfunctory cleaning should be done by professionals.
- Take note of any cracked, broken, or peeling siding; these are sure signs of dry rot.
- Check the drains for anything that might clog it. Check the walls and ceilings for stains, as these indicate rainwater leaks.
Additionally, prepare an emergency kit. Take a water resistant backpack and fill it with supplies such as flashlights, batteries, a first aid kit, a fully-charged water resistant phone, spare clothes, rope, and some food and water.
Once you’ve targeted potential problems, start addressing them while the weather is good. Hire roofing, gutter and siding professionals to perform repairs. More importantly, identify what your warranties will cover, as weather-related damage (“acts of God” in some warranty agreements) is usually not covered, so make sure your insurance will cover the rest.
Once the weather clears, check your surroundings and re-inspect your gutters, siding, drains and roofing in Des Moines. Before you call the contractors, ask yourself: is the damage consistent with the intensity of the storm, or is this the breaking point of cumulative damage? Could the roof have performed better? Answering these questions is helpful when dealing with warranty and insurance claims.
If you need a reliable contractor to do your roof and gutter inspections, call Tedrick’s Roofing today at (877) 212-9355 or use our contact form. We look forward to hearing from you.