Continuing the theme this month, we are going to discuss the kind of damage you can expect to find in your house when a tornado hits. Of course, a lot will depend on the severity of the tornado, but even a relatively small one can cause a lot of damage that may not be evident at first. Here are a few commonly affected areas:
The roof, as you might expect, is often the place that sustains the most damage. It is vital to have any damage repaired quickly to prevent problems related to water intrusion, like mold.
If the chimney is damaged during a tornado, it could result in a dangerous build-up of carbon monoxide inside the home. It is best to have the chimney inspected after the storm, even if it looks okay.
Tornados can really rattle the structure of a building. The plumbing system in the home could be affected by this, so be sure to check the faucets in the house and make sure there is no leaking water. It is also a good idea to check under sinks and cabinetry for water leaks.
Check walls and floors for newly developed cracks or other signs that the structure has shifted. It is helpful to use a level for this.
Before turning your gas back on after the tornado, check that trees have not uprooted and ruptured gas lines in your area.
These are just a few of the areas you will need to check upon returning to a home that has been damaged in a tornado.