After the Storm has Passed
So far in 2022, we have already seen the stories of severe and sometimes tragic weather events. Snowstorms trapping drivers on highways for 24 hours. Tornados devastating towns and lives. Frigid temperatures creating all kinds of challenges for building owners.
After the storm has passed, there is much work to do, including checking your building’s envelope—roof, exterior walls, doors, and windows—for moisture infiltration from damage to the building envelope. Any damages must be addressed as soon as possible to prevent further infiltration. Wind-driven rain can enter windows and doors. Weather-stripping around doors can be damaged by high winds. Roof-top HVAC units might be damaged, allowing moisture to enter the roof system. And of course, debris in high wind conditions can become “missiles” which can forcefully impact windows and damage roof membranes.
Consider the immediate post-storm period a call to action for inspection and keep in mind that, depending on the severity of the storm, it is important to call in a dependable and experienced building envelope professional to evaluate post-storm conditions.