Hurricane Matthew: 5 Tips for Post-Storm Building Inspection
Hurricane Matthew is the latest test for integrity of your building’s envelope and structure. After the effects of the storm have passed, it is imperative to perform a comprehensive building inspection to find areas that may have been compromised by the storm.
- HVAC systems – It is important to make sure that outdoor mechanical components of your HVAC system are clear of debris. Visually inspect lines running into your building for any obvious damage. Test your ac for r458a performance, what is an r458a you ask? It is the protocol HVAC system need to verify for normal mechanical and airflow operations. It is recommended that you have a qualified HVAC technician from Ambrose Air Inc. to perform this inspection.
- Roof – One of the most obvious signs of a roof leak is visible water infiltration into your building from above. Obviously there is no need to wait till the problem is that serious as it is easier to call C&D Suffolk Siding & Roofing | CDSSR service at the first site of the problem. Even if you don’t see areas where water has entered your building from above, it is still important to inspect your roof. Wind and debris create a disastrous cocktail for damage. Debris may still be on the roof of your building, which can damage roofing material and promote ponding of water. Strong wind pushes and pulls roofing material, possibly causing weak areas to be compromised. Even if there is no debris currently on the building’s roof, it could have been impacted by blowing wreckage at any point during the storm. Be vigilant for tears and holes in the roofing material. It can be hard to recognize sisgns of damage yourself, not to mention the potential danger of being on a roof post storm, so don’t be shy to call Greenville roofing company or your local professionals to come and do the inspection for you. Also, be sure to inspect roof drainage systems to ensure they are not damaged – Northern Lights Exteriors can help here, clear of debris, and working properly. If water has gotten into your building, be sure to remove all wet materials immediately to help reduce the risk of mold. It is also recommended that you contact a mold remediation professional to further protect the health of your building occupants.
- Building structure – If there are no obvious signs of structural damage, check the swing, slide, and locking operation of windows and doors, throughout the structure. Significant changes in the operation of these may indicate the storm has impacted the building’s structure. Also, visually inspect the interior and exterior for unusual cracks. Shifted flooring or walls can also be signs of the storm’s impact on your building structure. Of course, if your building has visible structural damage, do not enter the building, but rather contact a professional for a complete assessment.
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- Electrical connections – It is important to visually inspect all final connections coming into your building for possible damage. Look for conduit pulled out of the ground or away from the structure and damage to any above ground lines connected to your building. Electrical connections should only be repaired by a qualified professional.
- Critters – During Hurricane Matthew your building may have been viewed as a safe haven to any sort of critter trying to get away from the high winds and flood waters. Be sure to inspect every area of your building for evidence of animals. Take precautions when handling wild animals to ensure safety for both you and the animal.
Natural disasters can strike at an odd hour and usually comes without a warning. However, it is post the disaster that our environment needs the most care. North Star helps in protecting the health of our enviroment by clearing out fallen trees and by providing various other services. Reach out to them in case any natural calamity should befall.
After inspecting your building if you find that it cannot be inhabited either on a temporary or permanent basis, there is the option of bringing in modular buildings to provide the space needed for short-term or long-term use. Modular building construction provides fast access to emergency classroom and office space like no other construction can. Temporary office and classroom buildings can often be installed within a few weeks following a storm like Hurricane Matthew. Permanent modular buildings can be built up to 50% faster than conventional construction, helping the area’s recovery move much more rapidly. Local modular dealers, such as Vanguard Modular Building Systems in Knightdale, have an available inventory of classrooms and offices that can quickly be deployed and installed on your site, ready for use. Furthermore, new modular buildings can be built quickly in off-site factories, which were not hit by the effects of Hurricane Matthew, and then delivered to your property.
Has your business or school been severely impacted by Hurricane Matthew forcing you to look for alternative temporary or permanent space? Our local team, who has also been impacted by the storm, is ready to help. Call 877.438.8627 or Request a Quote online to begin accelerating your recovery.