Tornado season in the Washington Metropolitan area tends to hit pretty early on in April or May and runs through to August after peaking in July. For those living on the East Coast, it is a time fraught with high winds and rains, as much as it is warm sunny days. People will want to keep an eye out for those bad storms and be aware of what kind of damage they can cause.
All too often, homeowners see their property still standing after a tornado comes through the area and assume that everything is okay. Storm damage experts know differently. Hidden damage is a frequent problem with homes that appear to have little to no issues at first glance.
If your neighborhood is hit by a tornado this season be sure to check your home for these signs of damage:
Pitted/Dented Exterior: Bad storms are often accompanied by hail or small flying debris that can hit the siding, air condenser, gutters, roof, and much more. Check all of these areas around your home for tiny pockmarks and holes that could indicate damage. Prompt HVAC replacement and roof and siding repair will keep your home in good condition.
Uneven Foundation: Walk around the inside of your home while paying close attention to how level the floors are and check around the exterior foundation for levelness too. Tornado winds are powerful and can reach up to 300 m.p.h. That is enough to potentially lift your home putting stress on the foundation and damaging it.
Wall/Ceiling Cracks: Any cracks that appear in your walls can also be a sign that the foundation or framing has shifted. You’ll need to get an expert to check out the underlying structure of your home to make sure it is still in good shape.
Wall/Ceiling Stains: Look for stains or yellowing on the walls or ceiling starting to develop a few days after the storm. This could be a sign that there is some hidden plumbing or roofing storm damage.
If you have been through a recent tornado and want to have a licensed contractor take a look at any worrying signs of property damage, reach out to DreamHome Remodeling Inc. We’ll help you identify the cause of the problem and provide a free quote for storm damage roof repair and replacement. Give us a call or fill out our online form to get started today.