Looking Over Your Roof After A Big Storm: A Guide For Homeowners

When a big storm rolls in, you may hunker down and wait for it to pass. When the wind and rain is gone and your home is still standing, you can breathe a huge sigh of relief. But the possibility of damage is not gone yet. There may be damage to your roof which, if left unaddressed, could lead to water damage later on. So, once the big storm has passed, follow these steps to detect any roof damage.

Visit the Attic

Your attic may not be a place where you spend a lot of time, but you really need to head up there now. If you notice any of these signs, you may have a roofing leak:

  • Moisture accumulation in the insulation

  • Drops of water running along the roofing tresses

  • The ability to see sunlight peering through the roof

  • An overly moist, humid feeling in the area

Look at the Gutters

Gutters are a too-frequently overlooked part of your roof. They can blow off or loosen in the high winds of a storm. If your gutters are loose or missing, then the next time a storm rolls in, moisture may build up on the roof and lead to leaks.

Head outside and make sure all of your gutters look level. Also, shake each downspout a little to make sure it's still secure. You may also want to make note of any areas where water is dripping out of the gutters. While holes in gutters are not an emergency, they can cause stains to form on the siding as water drips down -- so you'll want to repair them sooner rather than later.

Check your yard for shingles.

While you could climb up on a ladder to look over the roof, a safer solution is to scour your yard for signs of missing shingles. If you see any whole shingles or pieces of shingles in the yard, then you can climb up on a ladder to verify that they have come from your roof. (They might be from a neighbor's home). If you do not see any shingles missing from your roof, it's a nice idea to let neighbors know you found shingles so they can look over their own homes.

If you do notice any loose or damaged gutters, signs of leaks in your attic, or missing shingles in the yard, call a roofing company, like The Carroll County Roofing Company LLC, to schedule repairs sooner rather than later. The next time a big rain storm rolls in, you don't want the compromised roof to lead to water damage.