Checking for Storm Damage to Outdoor Appliances

Signs of storm damageStorm damage costs homeowners more than $1 billion each year. Janesville, WI, area residents are at risk from many types of severe weather, including tornadoes, blizzards, hail storms and floods. After a storm, it’s important that you inspect your property immediately to find any damage to your home or outdoor appliances. Even damage that appears minor may be enough to put your home and family at risk.

Damage from Water

Water damage is most commonly seen along your roof and the foundation of your home. If enough water builds up, it can work its way inside your home and cause severe structural damage. Look for mold, rot, and other signs that water isn't able to flow away from your home. Water damage can also affect outdoor appliances like barbecue grills and central air units if they aren’t properly protected. Inspect your appliances carefully for exposed wires and other hazards after a storm. Pay attention to sparks, burning smells, and other signs of trouble when you turn the appliances on.

Damage from Hail and Wind

Check your home and appliances carefully for physical damage caused by hail and wind. Minor dents are usually harmless, but larger dents or punctures should be repaired as soon as possible. If your home uses natural gas, be aware of a smell like rotten eggs, which may mean that your gas lines were damaged. This can happen when trees are uprooted or when heavy objects fall on top of the gas lines. Call storm damage specialists immediately if you suspect a gas leak.

Damage from Snow and Ice

Appliances covered in snow and ice are susceptible to freezing, cracking, or even caving in from the weight of the snow. Clear off your appliances after a storm and check to make sure they are structurally sound. Keep snow and ice from piling up on your roof as well. Snow can cause your roof to cave in and it can cause dangerous ice dams in the spring. Icicles can also build up along your gutters, which can cause damage to you and your appliances when they fall. Download your free home disaster planning eBook
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