Lakewood was hit with a surprise tornado in December 2018, leaving many homes and vehicles damaged, and residents shocked at the tornado’s occurrence. This extreme weather is indeed very unusual for the city. The tornado brought with it heavy rains, destructive winds and thunderstorms. Having operated in Lakewood for a number of years, Pierce County Roofing has witnessed has the city experience its fair share of damaging weather conditions. It’s never easy for a homeowner, but we try to make the process as smooth as possible. Our experience puts us in a good position to advise on what to do when your home has been affected by extreme damage. Here’s what to look out for after tornado damage:
While the bulk of tornado damage is likely to manifest on the outside of the home, you will be able to find some evidence of damage inside your home too. You’ll want to look for water stains on your ceiling, interior walls, and cupboards, as well as mold and any water seepage. If you notice any of these, chances are your roof was compromised during the storm.
Check the outdoors
Inspecting on the ground first will give you a good indication of what may potentially be awaiting you on top. Start by checking your gutters and downspouts, sidings, windowsills and window casings. Keep in mind that even minor damage on the ground may be a sign of greater damage to your roof.
Check the roof
Of course you can’t fully inspect damage to your roof without actually going up to check the roof out. Things to look out for include missing or compromised shingles, missing flashing, peeling sealant and water damage. We must caution you to make sure you do this in a safe way, and certainly only after you’re certain the extreme conditions have passed. If safety is a concern, it would be wise to get professional roofers in Lakewood in to assess the damage and advise on next steps.