We know storm damage can be a real headache, but don’t worry, I’m here to help make the repair process easier. Here are a few things you can do to keep yourself and your home protected.
First things first, safety comes first. After a storm, it’s important to inspect your property for safety hazards like broken glass or downed power lines. Keep an eye out for sharp objects like glass and nails, and use a flashlight instead of candles to inspect your home at night. If you suspect there are downed power lines or you smell natural gas, contact the fire department and your utility or gas company immediately.
Now that you’ve checked for safety hazards, it’s time to look for signs of storm damage. Depending on the type and severity of the storm, you’ll want to look for different signs of damage. For example, heavy rainstorms can cause leaks and water damage in your house, so look for water streaks or stains on the walls, pooling water, damp walls, and peeling paint. Remember to check your attic space for signs of leaks in the roof.
If you find water damage, don’t hesitate to contact a reputable contractor like Campo Roof. We’ll help you identify problem areas and repair them for you. As we always say, “We’re going to drop what we are doing and come out there. We’re going to tarp over any areas where the shingles are missing and secure any area where the interior of the house could get wet.”
Hail damage is another common type of storm damage. It can be hard to spot roof damage from a hailstorm, so check for small round dents and divots on the shingles. You may also notice a pile of granules at your downspout, which can indicate damage. Remember, climbing on your roof can be dangerous, so consider asking a pro for help.
Wind is a powerful force that can also cause damage to your roof. Walk around your home and look for missing shingles, debris on the roof, and horizontal cracks and lines in the shingles. If you notice horizontal cracks in your shingles, it could indicate that the seal was broken and the shingles were flapping in the wind.
When it comes to choosing a contractor for storm repairs, be sure to choose a reputable one. Consult two or three contractors and get estimates to compare. Keep in mind that the lowest bid won’t necessarily be the best option. Look for professionals, like Campo Roof, who help clients during every step of the process, from evaluating and repairing damage to walking through the insurance claims process.
“In our industry, there’s a term for companies who come out when weather is severe – storm chasers. We are not storm chasers. We are local, we take care of our home – Northeast Ohio.”Rick Campopiano, Owner
Speaking of insurance claims, we know they can be a pain, but it’s important to start the process right away. Take notes on the visible damage and take photos as evidence for your claim. After you’ve chosen a contractor, have them complete a full inspection of the house, including the roof, siding, windows, and any other exterior surfaces. Then, contact your insurance company and request an inspection from the insurance adjuster. Have your contractor present at the inspection to ensure a fair evaluation.
Once your claim is processed and approved, your contractor will get to work. Remember, if you ever have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to Campo Roof. We’re here to help you protect your home and keep you safe.