How to Inspect Your Home After a Winter Storm

Dec 16, 2019 | Home Improvement

Winter storms are never good. Unlike storms where the precipitate is liquid, the snow and ice tends to pile up in various areas of your home. The problem is that ice and snow don’t melt all at once, which means that it isn’t as easy to remove them from the premises.

How to Inspect Your Home After a Winter Storm

And since the temperature during a winter storm drops to below freezing, any moisture that previously wasn’t frozen might freeze. This is why you need to inspect your home properly after a storm has passed. In this post, Turner Home Improvement Contractors shares advice for doing so.

Start at the Top

Ask a professional roofing contractor to check your roof for you after a winter storm. True pros are trained to work on your roof, and have the necessary equipment to stay safe while working on a roof post-storm.

Check if the shingles are still intact, and outline any repair plans for any damaged shingles, should they be necessary. And if the piled up snow can be evacuated manually, ask them if they can do it for you. Otherwise, you should inspect if there are any ice dams or blockages present in the drainage system of your roof.

Work Your Way Down

While you’re checking your roof, check your attic as well. Go through the interior to see if you can spot any signs of leaks originating from the roof, and have them repaired if you spot any. It might be difficult to spot leaks from the attic, so you may need to ask a specialist for some help in making sure there are no leaks.

After your attic, move outside your house and check your siding to see if there is any damage present. This can also lead to leaks of not just water but also air  inside your home. Siding leaks can compromise your home’s energy efficiency, and can make your home’s interior colder during the winter, so if you need to conduct any siding replacement, try to get it done.

Secure the Perimeter

Once you’re done with your home proper, it’s time to make sure that the entryways and the surrounding area are clear of any threats to your home. These include any doors and windows, and trees. Trees in particular can become problematic when snow weighs down and breaks off branches that can damage the exterior of your home.

Broken or damaged windows and doors, on the other hand, are potential security risks. But that aside, they also could become sources of drafts, again compromising your home’s energy efficiency. If you need to get a replacement window or door, talk to your contractor to find out how to get this done.

Turn to Turner Home Improvement Contractors if you need a storm damage restoration specialist to help you after a winter storm. Give us a call at (860) 633-1400 or fill out our contact form for a free estimate. We serve clients in Rocky Hill, CT.