Information about Post Hurricane Inspection Knowledge and Tips
If you and your possessions were fortunate to survive the barrage of hurricanes, you still may have endured heavy winds and rain. It’s important to understand that just because you can’t see something, it doesn’t mean there isn’t a problem lurking in a dark, high reaching area of your home. Before you get back to your normal routine, now is the time to take a careful assessment of your house for damages. Now is the time for a post hurricane inspection.
- Start at the roof and work your way down. Using binoculars to inspect the roof is helpful. Its important to check the attic for leaks. Take a good look at valleys where roof planes intersect, and check anything that comes up through the roof such as vents and flashing. Look for anything loose or missing.
- Check your dryer vent outlet for debris. Take note of differences you may notice when you have the dryer on.
- Inspect your home’s electrical service area. If you see anything that looks out of place, call a professional to inspect it. Do not take any chances.
- Has anything on the exterior of the house look loose or damaged? Get on a ladder and take a closer look.
- Check and clean out gutters and downspouts. Are there any loose gutters? Are there any branches or large pieces of debris that need to be removed?
- Fences and gates most often need repair after extreme wind events. Check flagpoles, lattices, or other outdoor bracketed objects and make sure they’re secure and in good shape.
- Take note of the trees on your property. If they are old and looming over your house or property, consider removing them.