Beware of hidden dangers after hail

Posted at 7:04 PM, Jun 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-14 21:04:30-04

Important information for homeowners in the days following the historic and costly hail storm to hit Southern El Paso County late Tuesday into early Wednesday. 

Regional building inspectors are giving homeowners words of caution as they clean up the damage, and say it’s not just broken windows, chipped shingles and roof tiles to worry about. 

Fountain resident Amber Gillott says she could see the obvious damage after the storm, but had no idea the damage made it inside her house. Enough water leaked under her damaged roof to flood the ceiling and force a collapse. She says, "pretty much the first half of the ceiling was on the ground." 

Roger Lovell with Regional Building helps with home inspections after repairs. He’s urging all homeowners to be careful when finding contractors to work on the home, and asks everyone to make sure they have working Carbon Monoxide detectors because the hail stones that fell were so large and had such force that the impact could have smashed vents on water heaters or furnaces. 

Homeowners should check those vents right away and keep an eye out for water seepage for an extended period of time. It’s also recommended to check attics, and touch walls and ceilings to check for moisture while keeping an eye out for any warping or bulging that are signs of water issues.