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4 Home Inspections to Carry Out After a Natural Disaster

Natural disasters can cause a great deal of damage to the best constructed home. These accidents range from the clearly visible, such as the broken glass of a window, to cracked pipes in the ground. You can’t always see them if you have an untrained eye.

The best thing to do after a natural disaster to ensure your home’s safety is calling over a home inspector. There are different kinds of damage, and you might need help from more than one inspector, but it’ll be worth the appointments when you have peace of mind. A well-protected house can withstand the greatest storm.

If you aren’t sure where to begin with home inspections, here are four suggestions to begin with. They cover the obvious dangers, as well as those that are hidden.

Trees & Branches

If you have old trees in your backyard, they might have a number of branches that won’t have survived a hurricane or windstorm. If they haven’t already fallen to the ground, they’ll be hanging as a threat to come down any time. Hire tree removal experts to rid your trees of these hazards so that only the healthy bits remain.

A large branch can fall at any moment, and poses a threat to children and pets. Make sure that they are out of the way before you let your loved ones out to play.

Roofs & Gutters

Snow, wind, and rain can do damage to your roof and gutters. By the end of the colder season, there are usually loose shingles ready to fall out. The gutters might be clogged or cracked. There are also greater damages you cannot see, such as leaks that fall into the attic, inviting pests or mold to grow.

Find an experienced roofer to inspect the scene. If there is indeed a leak or loose shingle, it ought to be taken care of right away. You might think that it’s only one shingle and won’t cause too much trouble, but one can lead to another, until the problem is much larger.

Pest Control

After a natural disaster, pests will look for a place to hide. Your home might be open to them by means of water damage or broken shutters. Have an exterminator take a look at the affected areas to make sure there is nothing hiding in the walls or underneath the floorboards.

Termites and rats are a sanitary hazard, and must be done away with as soon as possible. They can worsen the damage to your home in a matter of hours.

Foundation Inspection

We don’t often think about the foundation on which our homes are built, but they’re important. They are also prone to damage in the wake of a storm. If the foundation is rocky, then your house is in danger.

Find an expert in foundation inspection and go through the steps to make sure everything is in order. The greatest threats are often those that are most difficult to see.

Natural disasters come unexpectedly, and it’s impossible to predict how they will affect you or your house.

Some houses are hit too hard for a simple inspection to be of much help, but if you think you only have manageable results such as those mentioned above, find the inspectors at once. You’ll have peace after the storm by taking precautions to ensure your family’s safety.

Tim Esterdahl

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