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  • Writer's pictureCory Winch

Easy Breezy: Homeowner's Checklist After Intense Winds

When it comes to safe guarding your most valuable asset against natural disasters, wind damage is often an overlooked threat. Strong winds, such as California's Santa Ana winds, can cause significant harm to your roof and exterior, leading to costly repairs, water damage, energy inefficiency, and even mold growth. Want to know how to protect your investment but don’t know where to start? Don't worry – I got you! As your friendly neighborhood home inspector, I enjoy researching and expanding my knowledge then sharing what I’ve learned with homeowners like you.

Below is our 10-Point, Easy Breezy Homeowner’s Checklist for inspecting your roof and exterior after intense winds:

  • Inspect the roof for any missing or broken shingles. Look for signs of damage such as cracking, curling, or discoloration

  • Check for missing or damaged flashing around chimneys, vents, and skylights

  • Examine the gutters and downspouts for debris, clogs, or damage

  • Look for any water damage on interior walls or ceilings, such as stains or peeling paint

  • Inspect exterior walls for any signs of damage, such as cracks or missing siding

  • Check windows and doors for cracks or damage. Make sure they are securely closed and locked

  • Look for any damage to the foundation, such as cracking or settling

  • Inspect outdoor structures such as decks, patios, and porches for damage or deterioration

  • Take note of any trees or branches that may have fallen or become loose and pose a hazard

  • Document any damage found and contact a professional for repairs if necessary

If there's anything from your inspection that has you feeling uncertain or concerned about potential damage, don't hesitate to give us a call! Blue Fish Property Inspection is always ready to help answer your questions, suggest cost-effective solutions, or connect you with the right professionals to ensure your roof and exterior can weather any storm. Our website is a valuable resource for additional tips and advice on how to proactively protect your investment.

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