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In December 2018 the Port Orchard, WA community was left shocked as it got hit with a devastating tornado. It was accompanied by strong winds, heavy rain and snow. 

Most of the damage was restricted to neighbourhoods, with a number of houses suffering the effects. Footage of the ruin shows homes with entire roofs ripped off. 

While tornadoes in Port Orchard occur few and far between, when they do appear, they make their presence felt in a big way, as can be seen in this instance. 

Having operated in the Port Orchard area for a number of years, Port Orchard Roofing has had its fair share of roof repairs and roof replacements as a result of storm damage. It’s never easy for a homeowner, but we try to make the process as smooth as possible. It also puts us in a good position to advise on what to do when your home has been affected by extreme damage. 

Here’s what to look out for after tornado damage:

 

Water stains

While the bulk of tornado damage is likely to manifest on the outside of the home, you will be able to find some evidence of damage inside your home too. You’ll want to look for water stains on your ceiling, interior walls, and cupboards, as well as mold and any water seepage. If you notice any of these, chances are your roof was compromised during the storm.  

 

On the ground

Inspecting on the ground first will give you a good indication of what may potentially be awaiting you on top. Start by checking your gutters and downspouts, sidings, windowsills and window casings. Keep in mind that even minor damage on the ground may be a sign of greater damage to your roof.

 

Check the roof

Of course you can’t full inspect damage to your roof without actually going up to check the roof out. Things to look out for include missing or compromised shingles, missing flashing, peeling sealant and water damage. We must caution you to make sure you do this in a safe way, and certainly only after you’re certain the extreme conditions have passed. If safety is a concern, it would be wise to get professional roofers in Port Orchard in to assess the damage.

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