Scuseme storm damage service
It doesn’t seem like a year ago that we were recovering from the damage caused by Storm Brendan (January 2020) or Storm Ciara (February 2020), but last night, (10th March) the UK was hit with a yellow warning from the Met Office. Although this recent fierce weather does not qualify for its own name, the heavy rain and strong winds can cause equally serious damage. The Scuseme team of local tradespeople has years of experience in repairing damage to homes across the Cambridge area. From replacing single roof tiles to re-building fences and walls, scuseme can provide a complete storm damage service.
Nowhere has been spared and towns and villages in and around Cambridge are dealing with severe gales and the subsequent fallout. With this weather damage to property is evident and fortunately, and with our storm damage service scuseme is able to help Cambridge residents with problems that have come about as a result of storms. Let’s hope that the worst has passed, but as storms are becoming more frequent, it remains important to make sure you and your property are safe.
Storm damage service checklist
Here we share 5 key things you should look out for after the storm has passed. Ignoring some of the signals may result in huge costs and expense.
Roofs take the brunt of the stress of bad weather and storm damage. Therefore if you notice that you have missing roof tiles, the best short-term solution is to get some tarpaulin to secure it down. Do not use bricks or weights to hold it in place as these can cause serious injury if they fall off. Once secure you will need to find someone to replace the tile.
The signs of damage
- Debris on the ground means that you have loose tiles, slates, or shingles.
- A leak in your roof/loft space indicates problems with one of a few things including rusted nails, mold, sagging material, and loose sheathing.
- Internal wall damage can relate to damage to the flashings (the thin pieces of metal positioned to provide a watertight barrier).
- On flat roofs covered with bituminous felt, cracks, heat bubbles, pooling water, de-lamination, and joints between the flat roof and walls can be a sign it needs replacing.
Guttering, facia, and downpipes
After a heavy storm, you should check your guttering.
The signs of storm damage
- Sagging gutters, loose brackets nails, and rust on the rain gutters may mean the entire gutter needs replacing.
- Overflowing gutters tell you they are full of debris so the water can’t flow freely into the drains; this can cause expensive water damage elsewhere.
- Gaps on the fascia boards (the vertical pieces that connect your roof to the house) can, unfortunately, let in moisture, insects, or animals into your roof or attic.
- Broken fixing brackets, that secure the down-pipes lead straight into drains and soakaways, must be intact and securely attached to the fascia board, otherwise, you are prone to leaks.
The extreme weather we have just experienced will test any fence. That is why it is important to use good quality fence posts and make sure they are sunk deeply into the ground and are well secured.
If you find that your fence has fallen over it is because it is rotten and unable to withstand the pressure of stormy weather. We strongly recommend that you use a reputable company to replace it securely because this will give you the necessary reassurance and guarantee. In addition, it is a good investment to replace a broken post with a product that has undergone preservation pressure treatment designed to protect it from the challenges presented by the outside.
When a tree falls it can cause a lot of damage can to the local landscape or surrounding buildings. If your tree falls it will need to be cleared as a matter of urgency.
Gale force winds will test your windows and reveal any signs of damage and areas for repair. How did you sleep, was the storm blowing a gale inside? Windows should not let in draughts and noise, they should not rattle with the wind, but keep it out. The only thing your window should let in is the light. Keep them closed during the storm and if you are concerned speak to a specialist to check.
Heavy rainfall and winds may expose the true state of repair of your home. After a storm, it is worth checking that the windows, doors, and fascia are in good decorative order. If you notice that the outside paintwork is beginning to crack, blister and peel, it is time to apply a fresh coat. Ignoring these signs will lead to a much more expensive and extensive job later. Spring is an ideal time for painting the exterior of your house.
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Dawn Giesler, is the founder of scuseme Cambridge, an online community that helps your family run smoothly. She has lived in Cambridge for over 20 years and offers advice based on her own experiences. For more information about all the services and tradespeople they recommend, visit scuseme. To talk to one of our experts call 01223 520373 or find a local tradesperson here.
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