If you have experienced an earthquake it is important to carefully inspect your home for damage. If the earthquake didn’t damage anything while it was happening, there are still aftershocks, both of which can cause structural damage leading to major problems
in the future. Here’s a checklist of all things in and around your house that needs to be thoroughly looked at.
The Grounds– Inspect for any openings or sink holes created by the quake.
Gas Meter – Smell to see if any odor is being emitted. If so, you have a leak that needs immediate attention.
Window– Check for cracks and damages to the glass and window sills.
Roof– Grab a ladder or hire a professional to inspect for any abnormalities. Do not get on top of your roof in case there is unseen damage. Just inspect visually from a ladder.
Structure – Look for abnormalities such as cracks in the walls, ceilings, and floor. These can range from extremely noticeable to minuscular cracks – all of which are not ideal for
Cabinets and Shelving– Inspect all your cabinetry and shelving for items inside that may have moved around and been damaged as well as the exterior of each for cracks or damages. Shelving
that has been slightly separated from the wall needs to be repaired or removed, so it is not dangerous to those in your house.
HVAC– Make sure the ducts to your HVAC have not been separated from the wall. That will cause inefficient heating and cooling and is a possible fire/gas hazard.
Clean up all debris and damage as soon as you can. Make sure you take photos of all your damages and keep receipts for each cost incurred cleaning or repairing your home. These may be eligible for FEMA reimbursements.
If you take one thing away from this blog, it is that virtually every area of your home needs to be inspected after a significant earthquake. Any unnoticed damages pose a future threat to those living under your roof!