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Hurricane Damage: 4 Important Signs of Property Issues

9/25/2023 (Permalink)

Hurricane damage to a property in Rockville, Maryland. The professionals at SERVPRO are available 24/7 to help combat hurricane damage!

Learn about hurricane damage and where to find expert solutions. 

Hurricanes are nature's mighty wrath on display. Their capacity for destruction is immense, and the aftermath is often overwhelming for homeowners caught in their path. 

Knowing what to look for in terms of damage is crucial because it allows for quick intervention and saves time and money in the long run. 

This article delves into the four most common indications of hurricane damage, drawing from a real-life scenario where our dedicated SERVPRO® team intervened. Let's dive in.

What damage is caused by hurricanes?

Hurricanes bring a combination of heavy rain, strong winds, and, in some cases, storm surges. This trio can lead to a myriad of damages:

  • Roofing damage: Often the first to bear the brunt of the force, roofs may have lost shingles, suffer from leaks, or, in severe cases, collapse entirely.
  • Flooded interiors: Torrential rains can flood homes, especially basements and lower-level areas.
  • Broken windows and doors: Winds can shatter windows and push doors off their hinges.
  • Falling trees and debris: Hurricanes can uproot trees, which can fall on homes, cars, and other structures.

What are the categories of hurricanes?

The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale categorizes hurricanes into five classes, ranging from Category 1 (least severe) to Category 5 (most severe). The category reflects both the wind speed and potential damage. Homes can withstand Category 1 hurricanes with minimal damage, but Category 5 can cause catastrophic destruction.

When is hurricane season in Maryland?

While hurricanes can occur anytime, the typical hurricane season for Maryland is from June to November. During this period, homeowners should stay updated on weather forecasts and have a disaster response plan.

What is the worst hurricane to hit Montgomery County?

Historically, Montgomery County has seen its share of hurricanes. While many may argue about which was indeed the "worst," Hurricane Ida in 2021 stands out in recent memory. Ida's impacts were felt far and wide, and its trail of damage was a harsh reminder of nature's fury.

The wrath of Hurricane Ida was evident on a property in North Bethesda, Maryland. Within hours of the 2021 storm subsiding, the owners contacted us, noticing several of the hurricane damage signs we highlighted.

Upon arrival, our SERVPRO team conducted a comprehensive assessment. The roof was heavily damaged, windows were shattered, and floodwaters had seeped into the living areas. Understanding the urgency, our team swiftly embarked on the recovery process. Water was extracted, drying equipment was installed, and damaged structures were restored. It was a testament to our commitment to returning properties to their pre-hurricane state.

Why choose SERVPRO for hurricane damage recovery?

With many options available, why should homeowners turn to SERVPRO for hurricane damage services?

  1. Experience: With years under our belt, we've faced almost every hurricane damage scenario imaginable.
  2. Speed: We understand the importance of swift intervention. Our teams are always ready to respond.
  3. Equipment and techniques: We leverage the latest technology to ensure efficient and effective restoration.
  4. Professionalism: Our trained experts handle each task carefully and precisely.
  5. Comprehensive service: From initial assessment to the final touches, we cover every aspect of recovery.


Hurricane damage is a testament to the sheer power of nature, ranging from the intense winds that tear off roofs and shatter windows to the heavy rainfall and storm surges that inundate properties, causing structural damage and the potential for mold growth. 

In many cases, the aftermath is so devastating that properties become uninhabitable, local infrastructures are paralyzed, and entire communities grapple with overwhelming repair and recovery expenses. This multifaceted destruction emphasizes the necessity of being prepared and the timely response required to mitigate the fallout. 

In such trying times, recognizing the signs of hurricane damage becomes paramount, and having a steadfast partner for hurricane damage repair becomes a lifeline. 

SERVPRO doesn't just stand out for its expertise; our unwavering commitment to restoring normalcy in adversity truly sets us apart. With every challenge, from a shattered window pane to a flooded living space, our goal is unwavering: to restore properties to their optimal condition. Remember, SERVPRO is your beacon of hope and help in the daunting shadow of hurricane damage.

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