Damage from a tornado is easy to spot if the damage is significant and immediately visible. There's no mistaking half a roof blown off or a tree falling through your house. However, tornadoes often cause plenty of damage that isn't visible to the naked eye right away. Wind damage can present itself in various ways that you might not notice, especially if you're not looking for it. Understanding how there could be hidden damages to your home after a tornado is vital if you want to catch and repair these issues as soon as possible.
Here are some of the hidden structural damage issues your home could experience after a tornado.
1) Damage to the Foundation
Problems with your home's foundation are not always easy to spot. Tornadoes can cause damage, with high winds sometimes being strong enough to lift your home. Fortunately, there are signs that you can look for that indicate there might be something wrong with the foundation. Take a good look at the floors of your home to check how level they are and survey your exterior foundation for signs of damage too. Other problems that could indicate an issue include cracks in your walls.
2) Roof Damage
Your home's roof might look fine from the ground, leading you to believe there's no damage. But if you take a closer look, you could discover that there are hidden problems caused by the storm. It might not be obvious until it starts to rain and you notice leaks and dampness in your home. A careful inspection of your roof from a professional will ensure it's carried out safely and any hidden property damage is identified.
3) Siding/Exterior Damage
The exterior of your home can sustain damage from flying debris during a storm. After a tornado, look for any dents, cracks, or holes that might have appeared in your home's siding or exterior. It's smart to check on various exterior features, including your guttering and storm drainage system.
4) Cracks in Walls
Cracks where there weren't any cracks before can be a sign of serious storm damage. They could indicate a problem with your home's foundation or framing that needs to be addressed. Cracks can appear in walls, around doors and windows, or in ceilings.
5) Damage to Plumbing
A storm could cause damage to your home's plumbing, leading to leaks. If this occurs, you could start to see water stains on walls, ceilings, or floors. Take a close look at your faucets and lines to see if there are any problems that might need to be addressed.
You might not be able to see damage to your home immediately after a tornado, but it could still be there. Jarvis Property Restoration is here to help you after a storm, with a range of services to find and repair storm damage. Contact us by calling our team today to discuss your requirements and find out more about how we can help you to recover after a storm.