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Crews in clean-up mode after powerful windstorm

Last Updated Mar 11, 2016 at 8:21 am PDT

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Summary

Restoration company says some leaks may stay hidden for awhile

LOWER MAINLAND (NEWS 1130) – Thousands of homes and businesses were still without power this morning,┬ámore than 24 hours after a severe windstorm hit the South Coast.

Meanwhile, crews all across the region are in full-tilt clean-up mode.

Problems that Incredible Restorations has been called to deal with include roof leaks and drainage issues. President Gerard Gust warns some small leaks may stay hidden for awhile.

“We get a lot of calls, where the person suspected there was water damage in their ceiling but nothing was visible,” he tells us.

“Then several days later, they had staining in their ceiling. We go in there and take a look at it and find out the structure is wet, the insulation’s wet, and it needs to be restored.”

He adds if water damage isn’t attended to, you could end up with some big problems.

“The potential for mould growth is there. Within two or three days, you can start getting mould growth… That’s probably the number one concern for people nowadays.”

Gust points out home insurance often covers damage from incidents like these — you just need to check your individual policy.