Storms can inflict some serious damage on your home and property. Some of the damage will be immediately obvious, for instance, if you notice a leak during or after a serious storm or if you notice parts of your roof missing after significant wind.
However, other storm damage may not be as obvious, although it can still be serious. The following are examples of some storm damage that you may be unlikely to think of but may impact your home at any time.
Siding Damaged by Hail
Hail damaged siding isn’t always obvious, especially if the damage is in a location that’s more difficult to observe like behind shrubbery or just under the roofline. You may not even realize that a storm contains hail since it can often come and go very quickly.
However, hail that is being driven by wind can have a serious impact on your siding. The tiny holes that it can leave behind destroy the water barrier between your home and the exterior, enabling the possibility of structural damage or the development of mold. Therefore, it is very important to address any siding damage that may have been caused by hail as soon as the storm has passed.
You will likely notice if the storm causes branches to fall on your property, but you may not notice when those branches break but do not fall. Such branches can be a time bomb just waiting to fall during the next strong gust of wind or even with absolutely no warning at all.
If you have sustained a storm with significant wind, it is very important that you look carefully into the canopy of the trees on your property to see if there are any branches hanging at a strange angle. Looking for leaves pointing in the wrong direction can be very helpful to enable you to find these branches. If you notice one, call a certified tree trimmer to take care of it as soon as possible.
If you have had a lot of rain, especially significant amounts of rain that pools on the ground over the course of days or weeks, it may have compacted your soil. Compacted soil can make it very difficult for grass or other vegetation to grow.
If soil is compacted over tree roots, it can be detrimental to the health and longevity of the tree. If you notice places where the ground has consistently been sodden, it may be a good idea to aerate the soil there to remediate the damage caused by heavy rainfall.
Pay Attention to Hidden Storm Damage
Some storm damage can be very hard to spot and may not be the first thing on your mind after a storm passes, but this hidden damage can be problematic over time. Be careful to look for these less noticeable areas of storm damage and treat instances of storm damage as they occur.
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