Hurricane Season Damage: What You Should Look for as a Homeowner

Jacksonville, Florida doesn’t get hit by hurricanes that often, but it does happen and homeowners must be prepared for this reality. Any hurricane season can pose enormous threats to your home. Once you’ve evacuated and the storm has blown through, knowing what to look for in terms of hurricane damage can help you gain peace of mind and ensure that you get the repairs you need right away. Here’s a quick rundown of what you should look for as a homeowner to assess hurricane season damage.bigstock-Be-Prepared-49897754

The Initial Return

Before you enter the home, make sure that it is safe to do so. If the floodwaters from the hurricane have not yet receded, do not enter the home – wait until the water level drops. Storm water is not clean – it can contain a tremendous range of threats, including chemicals, waste, oil, fertilizer and more. Do not expose yourself or your family to floodwaters if at all possible.

Once the water level has dropped and is no longer inside the home, it is safe to begin cleanup. The first thing to look for is water damage inside the home (even if the water level didn’t seem to reach high enough to enter the house). Moisture in the home causes mold to grow, which is an incredible health threat. Any items that have been wet for longer than 48 hours at the maximum should be disposed of or completely laundered (not all items can be cleaned, and many will have to be thrown away). All standing water in the home should be thoroughly dried.

Again, mold is the most serious threat to your home and health.

Structural Inspection

Once you have secured the interior of your home, it’s important to turn your attention to the exterior. Hurricane force winds can cause serious damage to the walls and roof of a home. Start with the roof, and perform a full visual inspection. Look for missing shingles, or even holes caused by flying debris or falling trees. Even just a few missing shingles can be cause for concern, as this can allow water to enter the roof of the house and then leak down into the attic and even into the walls of your home. Over time, water within the home will encourage mold and mildew to grow, but can also rot out the wooden structure of the house, causing serious structural failure.

If you note any damage to the roof, contact a Jacksonville roofing repair company immediately. While replacing shingles is something that most homeowners can do on their own, there are likely deeper problems here that will need a professional hand to rectify. If there is serious damage to the roof (obvious holes/punctures), you’ll need emergency repairs to prevent any further water from entering the structure, as well as to remedy any interior damage caused during the storm itself.

Debris Cleanup

Hurricanes can generate an enormous amount of debris, both remaining from the storm, as well as from removing damaged/waterlogged items from the home. This type of debris cannot be disposed of by burning or burying, nor can it be taken to the local landfill in most instances. While a professional Jacksonville roofing contractor will remove debris from roofing repairs, you’ll need to contact your community services to determine what must be done with other debris left from the storm, including sediment, rubble and damaged personal property.

Assessing hurricane damage can be a daunting prospect, but it can be done with the right steps. When in doubt about the structural integrity of your home’s roof, contact a reputable contractor like A.J. Wells Roofing Contractors to inspect it and make any necessary repairs. A.J. Wells is committed to providing top notch customer service and high-quality work. Their roofing contractors offer a combined 40 years of roofing experience. Call us today to schedule your free roofing estimate.

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