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Exterior Storm Damage: Don’t Ignore These 7 Simple Signs

8/28/2023 (Permalink)

Exterior storm damage to a home in Barrow County GA. SERVPRO helps restore what's been shaken!

Exterior storm damage must be quickly mitigated to avoid further problems. 

When Mother Nature unleashes her fury in the form of a powerful storm, the aftermath can leave your property battered and bruised. The destructive impact of exterior storm damage is often undeniable, but recognizing the subtle signs early on can make all the difference in preventing further deterioration and hefty repair bills. 

As experts in storm restoration, SERVPRO® stands as a steadfast guardian for property owners in times of crisis. This blog post will delve into the common signs of exterior storm damage, recount a recent scenario in Barrow County where our skilled team swooped in to save the day, and highlight why SERVPRO is the top choice for expert storm restoration services.

What are common signs of exterior storm damage?

When the storm clouds disperse and the skies clear, your property might still bear the scars of the battle it just faced. Seven common signs of exterior storm damage include: 

  1. Missing or damaged roof shingles
  2. Broken windows
  3. Dented gutters 
  4. Fallen tree branches
  5. Cracks in the siding
  6. Water stains on walls and ceilings
  7. Displaced outdoor items

What are the leading causes of exterior storm damage?

Understanding the forces that wreak havoc on your property is crucial for prevention. Heavy winds, hail, torrential rain, and lightning strikes are potent contributors to exterior storm damage. Wind can lift and tear off roofing materials, while hail pelts the surfaces, causing dents and cracks. Uncontrolled water intrusion leads to weakened foundations and compromised structures. Lightning, with its electric charge, can set off fires or directly damage buildings.

Tips for preventing exterior storm damage

While we can't control the weather, we can take steps to minimize the impact of its tantrums:

  1. Regular property inspections: schedule routine inspections to identify vulnerabilities before a storm hits.
  2. Trim overhanging branches: cut down branches that could fall and cause damage during a storm.
  3. Reinforce windows: install storm shutters or impact-resistant glass to protect windows from high winds and debris.
  4. Check roof condition: ensure your roof is in optimal condition, fixing any issues like loose shingles or weak spots.
  5. Clear gutters: regularly remove debris from gutters to maintain proper water flow and prevent water damage.

Following these precautions can significantly reduce the risk of exterior storm damage to your property.

A recent scenario: A heroic intervention in Barrow County

Earlier this year, Barrow County found itself in the crosshairs of an unforgiving storm that left a trail of exterior damage in its wake. Homeowners watched in dismay as powerful winds stripped away sections of roofs, leaving vulnerable interiors exposed to the elements. Trees were uprooted and hurled against walls, causing structural cracks and shattered windows.

The community desperately needed a savior, and that's when SERVPRO answered the call.

Our skilled team swiftly arrived at the scene, armed with the expertise to assess and address the widespread exterior storm damage. We began by securing compromised areas to prevent further water intrusion. Tarps were strategically placed to shield interiors from rain, and broken windows were boarded up to maintain security. Our technicians meticulously inspected roofs, siding, and gutters to compile a comprehensive restoration plan.

With unwavering determination, the SERVPRO crew worked tirelessly to restore the community's homes to their former glory. We replaced roofing materials, fitted new windows, and cleared debris to make way for rejuvenation. The heart of Barrow County began to beat again as our team, dedicated to storm restoration, breathed life back into the damaged properties.

Why SERVPRO is your ultimate storm restoration partner

In the aftermath of a storm, choosing the right restoration partner is paramount. Here's why SERVPRO stands head and shoulders above the rest:

  1. Swift response: storm damage doesn't wait, and neither do we. Our 24/7 emergency services ensure we're on the scene quickly, mitigating further damage.
  2. Experience counts: with years of experience under our belt, our technicians are equipped with the knowledge to assess, plan, and execute restoration projects precisely.
  3. Cutting-edge equipment: we harness the power of advanced equipment and techniques to ensure a thorough restoration process, leaving no corner untouched.
  4. Comprehensive solutions: from tarping and board-up services to structural repairs and water extraction, we offer end-to-end solutions encompassing every aspect of storm damage restoration.
  5. Insurance assistance: dealing with insurance claims can be daunting. Our team works closely with insurance providers to ease the process, ensuring you receive the coverage you deserve.
  6. Community dedication: we're not just restoring properties—we're rebuilding communities. Our commitment to bringing life back to storm-ravaged neighborhoods is unmatched.

Wrapping up 

Exterior storm damage can strike swiftly and mercilessly, but with vigilance and the proper restoration partner, you can emerge from the storm more robust than ever. SERVPRO's unwavering dedication to promptness, expertise, and community upliftment makes us the ultimate choice for storm restoration services. When the clouds gather and the winds howl, remember that SERVPRO is your shield against the storm's fury, ready to restore and rebuild.

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