Look out for leaks!

On March 18, 2013 much of Central Mississippi was slammed by a hail storm of epic proportions.  Big hail, little hail and every size in between.  Having grown up in the South, hail itself is nothing new but the size of the hail was amazing.  After the storm, my law partner and I walked around the office to survey the damage.  There were dents in the gutters, missing shingles, busted up shingles, craters in stucco, and broken shutters.

Not so apparent from outside inspection was the fact that a large piece of hail hit a piece of flashing that connected an air vent to our roof.  That V shaped white spot in the center of the picture is the outside sky.  Not exactly water tight.



Today, a massive rain storm moved though.  Rain of course found the piece of damaged flashing and turned our kitchen into a slip and slide.  Don’t get me wrong, I love a good slip and slide.  However, the office kitchen isn’t where you want one.  It is particularly bad when the water is running out of a light fixture!

When you get home today, check the inside of your homes for moisture.  Even if you do not think you received hail damage or do not think you have any leaks, check anyway.  Water inside your home can lead to mold and mold can be extremely dangerous.  Save yourself the trouble of a mold problem.  Grab a flashlight and take a look at your ceiling and attic space.  It will not take but a few minutes and could save you thousands.


About randywallace
I am a husband, father, attorney, outdoorsman and cook.

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