Has Your Home Been Storm Damaged?

With all the bad weather in the last 18 months, most of us grateful for a little respite. Rain, snow, wind and even a short-lived heat burst have made our lives unbearable. Being indoors to escape it has become a bit of a habit. For us, the protection of our houses is essential. But who is protecting the exterior of your home through all these weather systems?


In high winds, you may notice your curtains moving a little. Most of us have vents in the window frame to allow air to come in. This prevents mold and stale air building up inside that can damage the interior of our home. However, if you shut these vents and the air is still moving a heavy curtain, you may need to check your window seals are still good. With uPVC windows, the seals are often a rubber flap. These are often glued to the frame, but excess temperatures from direct sun or indoor heating can cause them to fail. You could do a fix-up job yourself, but if the windows are still under warranty, call the installers to check them.


When you look at the ceilings, especially upstairs, they should be an uniform color. If there are any darker patches, this may be a sign that water is penetrating the ceiling from above. Often, the cause is just a leaky pipe. Finding the leak can be tricky, because water will follow gravity. That means the run from the pipe seal to the ceiling patch could be many inches or even yards apart. If you are not confident in climbing into crawl spaces or attics, you may need a plumber or handyman to trace the leak and fix the pipe.


Another reason for water on the ceiling could be a leak from the roof. The trusses that hold up the roof are made of wood, so having water running down them and onto a plaster ceiling will quickly cause significant damage. Go up into your attic space with the lights off. If you can see daylight, then water is likely getting in from that location. You will need a professional roofer to get up onto the outside of your roof and replace any tiles or shingles that have perished. There are roof services in Minneapolis and St Paul by professional roofing contractor Iron River Construction and other companies that specialize in this kind of work.


If you want to see the work for yourself, you should be able to use a pair of binoculars and see all of your roof from the ground. You could even ask your roofer to place a sticker on the damaged, or new tile so you can see the work is done. It can be nerve wracking having a contractor in to do work you cannot see for yourself, but the cost of the damage you may incur will be a much greater burden. You can always ask for customer references or check them out online if you are concerned about a workman’s credentials.


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