Do You Have Indoor Evidence of Roof Damage?
A homeowner can inspect for evidence of wind damage inside their home first inspecting their attic and finished living areas. Please keep safety in mind with anything you do, especially getting in your attic. Again, if you’re unable to do this safely or don’t feel comfortable doing so, please contact an Experienced Public Adjusters and we will do a free inspection for you. Licensed and Insured
How to check your attic for signs of roof damage from wind, hail, hurricane winds, falling objects, or other causes that could be covered your insurance policy:
- Wear a headlamp with the highest lums as it is dark up there in most cases there is only one light. If you do not have a headlamp you can use a flashlight. But we recommend a headlamp so both your hands are free to keep you safe.
- Check for water leaks, damage, or water stains on the wood decking which are the boards the roof lays on, broken trusses, clear openings, or signs of water damage on the floor.
- Now, turn the lights off and visually scan the roof decking boards for any areas where daylight is entering through that could indicate damage has occurred above that area.
In your living areas, look for discolored patches, ceiling separation, active water leaks coming in from the ceiling or sidewalls, mold growth, nail pops, anything that seems out of place could all be signs that you have storm damage or damage to your roof. Remember if you lost power for many days from a Hurricane or for any reason for that matter you are going to in high temperature, and high humidity climates have damage if water has entered through the roof or uplifted through the soffits. If you lose power for any considerable length of time the humidity will cause wood to expand and contract in the walls and ceilings and typically mold growth can start within 24-48 hours.