Assessing Hail Damage
July 23, 2018
Assessing Hail Damage
When the weather system gets all messed up, you don’t know what to expect. Hail is one of the most damaging weather patterns that come and go throughout the year. It’s common during cold weather. They are solid precipitates of ice that are hard in nature. Sometimes, they can be small and easily regarded as harmless. But these hailstones can get bigger and can cause a lot of damage and can even potentially cause injury if you’re not careful. Your home is probably the biggest target for a hailstorm. In cases of hailstorms, you have to know the signs of damage left by hail and how to take care of them. Here are a few ways to deal with the damage caused by hailstorms.
Even the small sized hailstones can leave your home damaged to some extent. After a hailstorm, check for any deposits that may have collected on your roof, the drains or the gutter. These are the ice deposits coming from hailstones that have shattered or broken apart once they make an impact on a hard surface like the walls or roof of your house. It may be difficult to spot them with the untrained eye but with closer inspection, you can eventually see these deposits and use them as cues to see what the extent of the damage they did is.
When hailstones become notoriously large in size, they can cause extensive damage to your home. One result is having holes in your house. Checking for holes and gaps on your roof is important as they can cause additional damage if you leave them alone. Once you know where these holes are located, be sure to patch them up as soon as possible. Leaving them out exposed to rain or snow will leave your roof susceptible to leaking or extensive damage to your ceilings.
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Dents are the most common indication of hailstorm damage. Curves and indentations on your roof, grates, vents and garage doors are expected occurrences during a hailstorm. If you see that your home has sustained dents during the storm, you have to make sure that it didn’t cause any further damage that may later become problematic. For example, beaten and damaged vents can cause problems for a home if left for unattended. Doors and windows are victims of dents as well. Take time to inspect the different parts of your home and see if damage can be maintained or repaired accordingly.
With all the damage that can be done by hailstones, leaks are pretty common occurrences. When pipes and spouts get hit by hailstones during a storm, they are often left dented or broken which causes leaks. After the storm, make sure you check the plumbing outside your house to see if they sustained any damage. Damaged plumbing is often troublesome since they waste water and you end up paying for water you didn’t even use. Load more…