Inspecting Windows After a Summer Storm

As a homeowner, you can prevent significant damage to your home if you know how to detect early signs of problems. Stratum Structural Systems, the area’s trusted basement waterproofing and egress window specialist, shares some tips on how you can identify storm damage on your windows.

Safety First

Make sure the storm has passed before you step outside to inspect your home’s exterior for damage. Always be wary about potential hazards, such as loose or broken shingles, fallen trees and heavy debris. When inspecting your windows, don’t forget to check the ground and your surroundings for shards of glass. Don’t forget about your egress windows as well.

Look for Signs of Wind Damage

High wind speeds can be strong enough to knock over trees and damaged roofs. In some extreme cases, they can break unsecured windows. After a heavy storm, make sure to check your windows for shattered or broken panes as well as cracks, dents or holes in the glass. Have a look at the other areas of your home’s exterior too. See if there are damaged frames, chipped paint or cracked wood or siding.

Look for Signs of Water Damage

Catching the signs of water damage can help prevent the problem from getting worse. This means being able to avoid costly expenses such as brick foundation repair.

Signs of water damage may not be easily noticed, so you have to look more carefully. For windows, observe if there is moisture buildup or fog between the glass panes. If there are water spots or yellow, copper or brown discoloration on your ceiling, you may want to have it checked by a professional.

Inspect your walls for cracking, peeling, or bubbling in the paint or wallpaper. Make sure to check the crawl space, attic and basement as well. If you notice a damp, musty smell 24 to 48 hours after a storm, you may have leaks or moisture damage.

Stratum Structural Systems ensures top-notch results and offers a range of services including foundation piering, concrete leveling, and others. Call us at (314) 669-3030 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate.

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