Checking For Structure Problems After A Hurricane

There are many different structual problems that can occur in a home due to damage from a hurricane.

Hurricanes cause substantial damage to many homes and buildings each year. Much of this damage is easily visible, but what about the damage that can't be seen? What kind of hidden damage can be done to a home by a hurricane?

One of those most common causes of damage to a home by a hurricane is water damage. Of course, some water damage is easily found, but not all of the damage done by the rain and flooding can immediately be noticed. When rain and rising waters cause flooding in a home, the dampness that is left from the water can cause mold and mildew. While some mold and mildew can easily be eradicated, extensive damage can cause lasting effects for years to come. Many homeowners don't even realize that they have a mold and/or mildew problem.

Their first indication that a problem might exist may only come from a strange, musty odor. The cause of this odor may be hard to detect, and homeowners may spend quite a bit of time searching for it. The problem lies in the fact that the source of the odor isn't necessarily visible. In fact, it is probably located in the walls, floors, and even the insulation of the house. Usually, only a professional will be able to adequately determine the extent of the damage, and that professional can advise you how to rid your home of the mold.

If your house endured substantial flooding due to rising waters, your foundation may have suffered serious structural damage. If you don't have an inspection immediately after the hurricane has occurred, you may not realize the extent of the damage. Eventually though, you will begin to notice cracks in your walls and ceiling that indicate that your house has shifted on its foundation. When you consider that some homes are actually washed off of their foundations altogether, it isn't hard to understand that your home's foundation may have suffered at least some structural damage. Again, you will need to consult a professional to determine how serious the damage actually is.

While rain and rising flood waters can do a vast amount of damage to a home, wind can also affect your home's structural stability. Hurricane winds can be extreme, and the atmospheric pressure that builds during a hurricane can affect the structure of your home's walls and also the roof. Again, if you did not have an inspection, you may notice cracks forming in your walls over a period of time. This could be an indicator that the stability of your home's framework has suffered major damage, and an expert may need to be called in to assess the damage and repair any structural problems.

Depending on the type of roof you have, you may or may not be able to notice roof damage simply by inspecting it on your own. Water may have seeped under the shingles, and even though the shingles look alright, there may be extensive water damage underneath them that you can't see. You will need to have a professional inspect your roof for any signs of damage. If you don't do this, you may be surprised to discover that you have several leaks. You may not notice these leaks for a while unless you go into your attic crawl space and look at the ceiling.

If you and your home have weathered a hurricane, it will be in your best interest to hire a professional inspector to determine any damage that your house may have suffered. Remember, while your home may appear to be damage free, there are many hidden structural problems that could occur.

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