Santa Ana Wind Storm Damage

Wind StormOn November 28, 2011, Southern California was hit by a Wind Storm Causing massive property damage. The San Gabriel Valley Tribune suggest that the damage from the wind storm is estimated in the amount of millions of dollars. ABC 7 reported that there was considerable damage from the Wind Storm such as trees that had been blown over, up rooted, and fallen branches that had created significant damage to property. There were cars that had been blocked, pinned or even crushed by fallen trees and debris.  There were reports that large portions of roofs had been completely ripped off and were found laying nearby. Some smaller structures were seen completely blown over such as small storage constructs or garden sheds.

Clean-up crews have been busy cleaning up the mess left behind by the recent Wind Storm.
Many homeowners have been left with the aftermath of the damage. When the clean-up crews are finished clearing away all of the debris, homeowners are left with damage to their property ranging from damaged vehicles to large sections of their roof missing.  The next obvious step is to begin repairs or making arrangements for replacements. Considering that Southern California experience the Santa Ana Winds every year between late fall and early winter, it is a good idea for the local population to be as prepared as possible for the routine wind storm by doing what ever one can to help reduce or prevent property damage.

FEMA has some great tips on how to decrease the possibility of property damage to your home or business:

“High velocity winds from thunderstorms and tornadoes can turn patio furniture, grills and tree branches into destructive missiles. If the area immediately surrounding your house contains trees, outbuildings, trash cans, yard debris, or other materials that can be moved by the wind, your house will more likely be damaged during a tornado or windstorm. The wind can topple trees onto your home and can pick up smaller objects and drive them through windows and glass doors.
All storage sheds and other outbuildings should be securely anchored, either to a permanent foundation or with straps and ground anchors. The straps and ground anchors used for manufactured homes can be used for the anchoring systems for outbuildings, such as garden sheds, which are not placed on a permanent foundation. Outdoor furniture and barbecue grills can be secured by bolting them to decks or patios or by attaching them to ground anchors with cables or chains.
Even trash cans can be secured with cables or chains attached to ground anchors or to wood posts firmly embedded in the ground.”

To help prevent damage to your roof you really need to make sure the sheathing is in good condition. Your sheathing plays a very important role in the protection of your roof. It would be a good idea to have a professional climb up into the attic and do a visual inspection. If you notice that your attic shows evidence that it is disposed to condensation, be absolutely certain to look for sheathing that may seem to have delaminated or are swollen such as plywood or wafer board. It is a great idea to ask a contractor for some suggestions to use as a secondary moisture barrier that actually can decrease the delamination or swelling that often affect a variety of roof sheathing. Take advantage of the expertise of your contractor. Your contractor should know the most efficient sheathing material that will offer the greatest protection against wind in your area. Quite often paying more up front may be best when compared to the potential costs you may face later from the damage of a wind storm.

Alan Williams



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