What to look out for after a storm causes damage to your home

What to look out for after a storm causes damage to your home
What to look for after a storm. Photo credit WDAM
What to look for after a storm. Photo credit WDAM
What to look for after a storm. Photo credit WDAM
What to look for after a storm. Photo credit WDAM
What to look for after a storm. Photo credit WDAM

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A tornado can cause widespread damage in a short amount of time, as seen on January 21st, but for people who only suffered minor damage, it's still important to have your home inspected.

A home inspector can spot some of the damage that may not be visible to someone not looking for it. Inspector Ben Berteau with home analyzers has a few tips for homeowners.

1.) Check the roof

-Missing or damaged shingles

-Loose flashing along chimneys, dormers and walls

-Roof penetrations such as plumbing and gas vents

-Gutters and down spouts

2.) Inspect electrical service

- Check power lines from the street to service drop.

- Check lights and receptacles in each room, flickering lights could mean loose connections

3.) Inspect plumbing

- With all water fixtures turned off, check the small dose or dial at the water meter. If the meter is turning you could have a hidden leak.

4.) Evaluate the structure

- Look for continuous cracks in bricks or separation in siding and trim

- Cracks from settling most commonly occur above and below doors and windows

- Observe the roof ridge line looking for a level ridge

- Look for cracks in the slab greater than 1/8-inch-wide or with vertical displacement

5.) Survey your yard for large trees or diseased trees that could pose a future treat.