Weather You Like it Or Not: Repairing Your Home’s Interior and Exterior after Weather Damage

Weather You Like it Or Not: Repairing Your Home’s Interior and Exterior after Weather Damage
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    Whether you endure a natural disaster, or brave a nasty storm, when your home sustains major damages due to weather, there is a lot of cleanup.

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It is devastating to see your home thrashed and your belongings damaged, however, not all hope is lost. Even after severe water damage and other types of damage is done to the home, you can still repair things and restore the home to a semi-normal state again.

Knowing how to perform minor repairs on your home after a storm can save you a lot of money, and will give you a better chance of salvaging your home since you need to act fast in these instances before the damage becomes permanent. Read ahead for some tips on how to repair your home after it sustains weather damage both on the inside and the outside.

Roof

Wind and rainstorms can cause damage to the gutters, an integral part of the roofing system. High winds and heavy downpours can tear parts of the gutters from the roof. They are relatively straightforward to fix. The tools required are a hammer, stainless steel screws, a standoff and a ladder. Check the perimeter of the gutters to see where they have been torn loose. The standoff stabilizes the ladder and prevents it from scratching or denting the roof. Tighten any loose screws and replace any missing ones with the stainless steel ones. Fasten all brackets and hangers. If you are not comfortable on a ladder or your home has a high roof, contact a professional roofer.

Storm Windows

If storm windows should crack or break during a windstorm due to wind borne debris, they can easily be replaced. Wear heavy gloves to carefully remove the broken pieces of glass. Then purchase new pieces around 1/16" to allow for expansion and contraction in the window frame with temperature fluctuations. The new glass pieces slide into place in the existing frame, and then you have yourself a brand new window.

Wall to Wall Carpet

Rainwater can get into a home during a heavy storm through an open window or door that has blown open due to extreme winds. As long as the water is clean, damaged carpet can be repaired. Start by moving furniture off the wet carpet. If you have a dehumidifier, set it up in the area immediately. If you own large fans, set them up in the affected area; if you don’t, they can be rented at large hardware stores. Allow them to blow on the carpet for at least 36 hours. While the area is drying, eliminate all foot traffic in and around the area. You may want to contact your insurance agent to see if water damage is covered on your homeowners insurance policy.

Furniture

If your home should experience damaging floodwater, wood furniture can be repaired. It is first necessary to let it dry in a warm, well-ventilated room. Adding fans to the room will help circulate warm air. White spots can be treated by rubbing a clean cloth dipped in a mixture of equal parts baking soda and toothpaste around the affected area and polishing with a clean, dry cotton towel.

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The veneer of your furniture may buckle as a result of contact with water. Wipe it dry and clean the area. Place veneer glue in a syringe and carefully insert the needle between the veneer and the affected area of the wood. Gently remove the syringe and place a heavy object on the area until the glue dries.

Area Rugs

Heavy rain can make its way into your home through an open window or screen door and cause damage to an area rug. The rug should be taken outside to dry. The padding under the rug should be discarded and replaced—no amount of drying out will make the padding go back to how it was. If there is any mildew on the carpet, hire a carpet expert to thoroughly clean it so that you are sure you get the remaining stains and bacteria out.

Knowing how to tackle small home repairs yourself will save you thousands of dollars and allow you to quickly get your home back to how it was before the storm. Treating damages to your home immediately after a storm will help to mitigate any further harm to your treasured belongings. Be aware that you should take caution when cleaning up the damage—wear protective gear to keep yourself safe from bacteria and hazardous debris. When in doubt, consult a professional for help with big cleanup jobs that may require heavy-duty equipment and trained specialists.

AUTHOR BIO: This article was written by Dixie Somers, a freelance writer who loves to write for business, finance, women’s interests, and the home niches. Dixie lives in Arizona with her husband and three beautiful daughters. Information for this article was provided by the professionals of Water Damage Restoration, CA who specialize in fire and water damage repair.

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