Hail Storms Pummel North Texas

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On April 3, 2014, a massive storm cell pushed its way through North Texas and moved its way East causing extreme damage. In places like Denton, Frisco, and Farmersville, there were reports of softball and golf ball sized hail. Tornados also were tracked in places like Mt. Vernon and Sulphur Springs. Facebook and Twitter lit up with photos and video of the hail storms, ominous clouds, and the wreckage they left behind.

With any type of storm such as this, there will be hail damage and wind damage. After the storm ends, it is important to look for damage immediately. Some damage is obvious, such as broken windows, damaged cars, or fallen trees. Water damage may immediately become visible on your ceilings and walls. Other damage may not be as obvious or may take time to appear.

Look at your roof immediately to see if you can visually see any loose or missing shingles. If you can safely do it, climb a ladder and see if there are obvious signs of impact damage to the roof shingles. Impact damage will look like dimples i the shingles, similar to a golf ball. The hail impact markings may look small or insignificant to the naked eye, but hail impacts can cause shingles to tear, can create small holes, or can even loosen the adhesive seal of the shingles. Each of these seemingly harmless impacts, when combined together, can cause significant water damage inside the home. Over time, the water penetrates in through the damaged shingles, and causes water damage and mold to the roofing sub-layers, your roofing support beams, insulation, and ceilings.

At the first sign of damage, whether it is your windows, your personal belongings, your roof, or any other portion of your home, call your insurance company and file a claim. This is why you have homeowner’s insurance– to cover damage to your home caused by weather events or other covered incidents.

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