When the inevitable severe storm hits the Twin Cities, homeowners get concerned about how their homes may have been damaged.  The obvious places to look are the roof and siding, the spots where damage most often occurs.  But there is an element that often gets overlooked - vents on top of the roof (and elsewhere). Those vents are there to perform very important and specific purposes, and if they are compromised, it could lead to trouble.

If you've read our previous post on roof vents and storms,  you're already aware of different types of vents that your home could or might have. We have more information to share with you about those vents and storms.

Have These Vents Inspected After Storms Hit the Twin Cities Area

Maintaining the integrity of the roof on a home is important, and when there is a storm that blows through, you need to make sure that you have these vents looked into and inspected. You might think that you are in the clear without getting any inspections, but in fact, you might have a leak in the vent or missing or loose flashing.  These vents can go through damage after a storm, and their could be issues such as:
  • Blockages
  • Loss of seal
  • Disconnection from the pipe or duct
  • Compression
  • Exposure from having missing parts
  • Leaking vents
  Damaged Vents Can Affect Your Health and Your Property

Damaged vents on roofs can often lead to water leaks. Water can get into ductwork and elsewhere and create problems inside your home. You could end up dealing with something serious without even being aware of it.  Mold and mildew can grow over time, leading to potential health threats.

Any ductwork that is made from metal can be broken down through rust.  This can allow rodents, insects, and other pests inside the home that you don’t want to share the home with. You also won't be getting proper air flow. This might result in a backup of gas inside your home or a loss of heating efficiency.

Your drains might not work properly when certain pipes on the roof are blocked, which means your drains won’t drain, your toilets won’t flush, and so on.

The most dangerous is your health. You can be putting yourself at risk when you are breathing in the sulfur and gas that might be leaking in your house.  Worse case scenario? An explosion. Or a fatality from carbon monoxide.

There are so many things to think about with your roof and the ventilation that it has. If you have any issues or are worried about your ventilation, speak with us today. We can come out and inspect the vents on your roof to make sure they’re in the best shape. We are a licensed Minnesota storm damage repair company and we serve the greater Twin Cities metro area.