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Sneaky Indicators of Hidden Storm Damage

Usually, severe storms leave trails of visible destruction in their paths. From hail-damaged rooftops to broken windows, storm damage usually requires quick repairs and makes up approximately 11 percent of homeowners insurance claims in the United States. Fortunately, it’s generally easy to tell which areas of your home need help after a strong storm blows through. But what if severe weather comes and goes without leaving obvious signs of damage behind? Here are some sneaky indicators that your home requires storm restoration Minneapolis services, even if the damage isn’t visible to the untrained eye.

Indicators

Dented Flashing and Gutters

If you have bald spots on your roof where your shingles have blown completely off, it’s pretty obvious you need storm repair services. However, dented flashing and gutters are less obvious indications of roof damage and are easy to overlook. If left unchecked, dented gutters and/or loose fittings could become major issues down the road. After a storm, check your flashing and gutters carefully to make sure they’re properly attached and in good working order. You may be able to prevent excessive storm damage to your gutters by cleaning them out and cutting down any dead tree limbs that could fall on them before a storm hits your area.

Minor Leaks Indicators

Hail, excessive wind and heavy rains can cause minor leaks in your roof. That can go undetected if you aren’t specifically looking for them. Leaks can cost a lot of money if you don’t notice and fix them when they are still minor. Sneaky signs of a leaky roof include one or more water stains on your ceiling, unexplained spots on your exterior walls or the smell of mold in your home. You may need to climb into your attic. Carefully observe your roof from the outside to determine if and where water is seeping through.

If you notice these common signs of hidden storm damage, don’t procrastinate fixing them. It’s wise to have the damage repaired as quickly as possible to avoid costly repairs down the road.