Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc in our neck of the woods, and hopefully your home survived with no apparent damage. But it’s still important that you take the time to carefully look at your house and examine it for damage such as missing shingles or vents plugged by wind-blown debris. Here is a list of things you should do to complete a post-hurricane home inspection:
- Check your roof for visible damage. Look carefully at valleys where the roof planes intersect and check anything that comes up through the roof, such as vent stacks.
- View your dryer vent outlet. Use a flashlight to see if it is clogged with debris from the storm. Remove any debris that you find.
- Check gutters and downspouts. They can come loose if a strong wind catches them. This can result in them eventually swinging loose and doing some real damage. Clean them out if they are clogged.
- Examine your exterior air handler unit for storm damage. Be sure to keep all shrubs and landscape trimmed from around the unit for proper air flow.
- Look at your home’s electrical service entrance. If it is sagging or leaning, contact an electrician immediately.
- Make sure your fence is still standing. Take a walk around the perimeter of your fence and push it to check for storm-weakened sections.
- Observe any large trees you have on your property. You may want to consider having them removed if they are a possible threat to your home in future storms.
When examining your home after a hurricane or storm, document and take photos of any damage that you find. This will make the insurance claims process much easier.