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Home inspection after a tropical storm

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Having your home inspected after a tropical storm, hurricane, or other natural disaster is an important part of recovering after a storm. Unfortunately, many home owners, especially those in Florida, tend to skip this step. While many of these homeowners think they’re saving time and money, this can actually cost them thousands of dollars down the road.
After a tropical storm like Debbie, many property owners simply assume that they will be able to see any damage that has been done to their home or other structures. In fact, there are a lot of different types of damage that can occur that a homeowner will not be able to see.
For example, most homeowners assume that if no shingles blew off, their roof is fine. In fact, strong winds can lift and move shingles. It is also possible for there to be damage to the underlying structure of the roof, such as the roof beams and air vents. Without actually getting up on the roof and inspecting the shingles, beams, and joints, it is impossible to know whether or not a home, business, or other structure has roof damage.
A lot of people also assume that once an area has completely dried, no further damage can be done. In fact, water damage is some of the hardest damage to track. Even after an area has been dried, everything from electrical components to sheetrock can continue to degrade. Without looking at these components carefully, it is possible for mold and bacteria to grow. There is also the possibility that metal components could slowly rust or corrode over time.
Fortunately, a home inspector is able to look at many things throughout a home and determine whether or not they are damaged. Inspectors will look at everything from the roof to the condition of the carpet. In addition to looking for signs of wind and water damage caused by the storm, home inspectors will also look for signs that items in the house are wearing out prematurely.
Home inspectors have been trained to look for signs of damage, but many of them can also make recommendations as to the best way to go about making repairs. After an inspection, their reports are often given high consideration by insurance companies when they make a determination as to the final amount of damages awarded.

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