After storms, 3 areas to check for water damage around your home
Take cover during this season of summer storms, but be sure to check around your home for potential water damage after the clouds clear, a Charlotte contractor warns.
Last week’s historic storms in the south Charlotte, Matthews and Pineville areas dropped five inches of rain in less than two hours. Flash floods and lightning damaged homes in several neighborhoods.
"In Charlotte, in the summer, when it rains, it pours," said Danny Chung, owner of highly rated Direct Home Solutions in Charlotte.
When the rain stops, what should you do?
Here are Chung's tips to spot warning signs of water trouble on your property:
- Look around for water pooling near the exterior walls of your home. If you’ve got puddles, you may have trouble, Chung notes. "Any standing water poses the threat of softening the ground, which could lead to structural sinking," he says. "It also indicates you may have drainage issues." Rushing water or standing water also may damage landscaping walls made of brick, wood or other materials.
- Look underneath for water in the crawl space. Brick and mortar are not impermeable, Chung says, and water will seep into spaces on the other side. Like water pooling outside the walls, water underneath indicates drainage problems on the property. Also, moisture that remains in the crawl space could encourage mold to grow.
- Look up for ripples in your roof. If your roof is anything but flat, you may need help. If you see any shingles sticking up, you should call a professional to examine it. Another common signal of a problem is a wavy look to the roof. "If you see that on the outside, you’ve got a problem underneath it," Chung says.
If you see damage in any of these areas, you can have a professional landscaping contractor or roofer take a look.
Chung says he conducts a thorough inspection of a home’s foundation and roof. It takes one to two hours and costs $50 to $100, depending on size and location. Other service providers offer similar services at various rates.
Before the next storms roll through, wade through these tips about inspecting your roof after a storm, preserving your foundation by cleaning your gutters or preventing basement flooding with landscaping.