In The Aftermath Of High Winds, You May Need Seven Tips About Leaking Roofs

Oct 2, 2022 Uncategorized

In 1989, Hurricane Hugo taught me just how devastating a roof leak can feel. Living 210 miles northeast of Charleston Harbor, the US landfall mark of Hugo, we learned that Charlotte, N.C. is not immune to the effects of costal, so-called, weather.

Although some Charlotte Metrolina weather stations warned that Hurricane Hugo would reach far inland, none of us expected that western NC would experience such devastating havoc. Yet I have a clear memory of what happened on September 21, 1989.

We went to sleep with little concern for local effects of the hurricane. But during the night, our outlook made a U-Turn. Hugo came through. High winds ripped the cap from the roof of our doublewide. Water seemed to come in from every crack. And outside, the wind kept howling.

We took refuge beneath the beams above the central bathroom. Kids and adults alike, shivered beneath a soggy layer of mattresses and blankets. It was as long a night as I have ever known.

Listed as one of the worst storms in the twentieth century, Hugo pounded through the Caribbean and then ripped open the Carolinas with the ease of rodents plowing ruts through soft dirt. Many Charlotte, N.C. residents lived without electrical power for fifteen days and longer. South Carolina officials reported 64,000 people left homeless. All across the two states, trees gave up the roots, power lines fell beneath fallen limbs and roof shingles took flight one behind the next.

New Threats, Same Stories

For Charlotte, Sandy, the super storm, brings but a token of force. Some higher elevations northwest of Mecklenburg report extended gusts of wind that exceed sixty mph. But in Charlotte and other local Metrolina areas, the storm is rather mild. Cancelled air flights reflect the storm-related issues occurring elsewhere. Random jolts of wind damage also hinder parts of the city. The aftermath will include some Charlotte homes with leaking roofs.

Bad Weather Outside Worsens Existing Roof Damage

High winds, even if merely spot-gusts, can further damage an already troubled roof. Moreover, harsh weather can hinder the search for roof leaks. Here are seven tips to help you prevent leaks and/or locate an existing leak.

The Following Seven Tips Will Help You Resolve Issues Related To Leaking Roofs

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