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Winter Storm Repair Tips

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

Living in New England gives us the joys of four seasons, including heading to the beach in the summer; flowers blooming in spring; picking out a pumpkin in the fall; and seeing freshly fallen snow in the winter. But, along with that, comes having to clean up and possibly do some repairs after a winter storm. 

When the strong winds of a blizzard hit, they can cause tree branches, especially on old, weaker trees, that are laden with snow to snap off from the tree, taking out a power line, or hitting your fence or roof. In the case of the power line, the storm repair involves working with your power company to get your power restored. For a tree that’s on your fence or roof, if it’s just resting there and hasn’t broken through (which you might not know until it’s removed), the storm repair entails getting the tree off without any damage. If your fence or roof has been damaged by the downed branch, you need to have it repaired. Obviously, a roof will be more of a priority time-wise than a fence as it’s what shields your house from the forces of nature. 

Your roof can also be damaged by the heavy weight of snow and ice dams. Accumulated snow that’s left on the roof and doesn’t have a chance to melt can impact older roofs and ones with structural issues, potentially causing part of the roof to cave in. If you see a lot of snow on your roof that you can’t remove with a roof rake, or hear creaking noises from the roof when there’s a lot of snow on it, reach out to us for a structural assessment. Ice dams can also be created and cause your gutters to pull from your house, or damage to your siding. 

Need help with your post-winter storm home repair? Contact us here at SERVPRO of Haverhill / Newburyport for an assessment of your storm damage along with a plan for storm damage remediation.

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