Frizzy hair isn’t the only negative effect of humidity. Columbus residents know all too well that humidity causes a host of other problems, some including water damage from the roof. Water damage from a roof leak might first show up as discoloration on your ceiling, which will quickly develop a ring of mold growth from the moisture. If not handled immediately, roof damage can compound into a major problem, even a roof cave-in. If you don’t love living in a home with pots and pans to catch drips, read the steps below to remediate roof water damage.
A valley is an inside angle where two roof faces meet. Since rainwater is funneled into this area, it can be a particularly vulnerable place for water damage. California-style valleys are especially prone to damage because shingles are turned sideways and cut to fit the valley.
Flashing is a thin metal sheet installed where the roof face meets the wall that makes up the second story of the home. Ironically enough, flashing can sometimes be too secure. Steel expands and contracts with temperature, and if it’s too securely fastened, it will become deformed and leave a wide gap for water to travel down.
Roof damage from shingle problems either happen immediately or after many years. Immediate problems are usually due to manufacturer problems or improper installation. If your roof has a warranty attached to it, you’re good to go. Order some new shingles and the problem should be solves. If the shingles have been on the roof for many years and look curled or haphazardly fit together, it may be time for a complete replacement. It may save money in the long run to avoid future cases of water damage.
Step #1: Safety
Immediate responses should also be well-planned responses. Take a moment to assess the situation. Is it safe to go on the roof? Do I know why the roof is leaking? Is the water contaminated? Is it safe to go up on the roof alone? The first steps toward fixing any kind of water damage is to ensure that people are safe. Alert children and family members. Use old towels to gently dry up visible moisture. Taking safety seriously can actually mean you take very minimal action and opt to call a roofer instead.
Step #2: Determining if it’s a roof leak
It’ll be a waste of time the leak isn’t actually a result of roof damage. After determining the area is safe, check out the attic for leaky pipes. Leaky pipes are common counterfeits of roof damage, especially if the pipes aren’t visible to the naked eye. If you’re not sure of the reason for the water damage, contact a professional to determine the root causes.
Step #3: Call a roofer
Call a local Columbus roofer. A roofing professional can determine the severity of the leak and analyze your home for the best route of access into the damaged area. They should do an initial investigation and be able to articulate the root cause of the leak and offer sound solutions going forward. Further, a roofing professional can patch, repair, or replace unsalvageable sections of roofing. While this is a needed step in the restoration process, not all roofing companies are created equal. Be sure to research customer reviews for signs of high-quality work.
Step #4: Call a restoration professional
Now that the leak is under control, you’re left with the water damage. Untouched water damage can be a bigger mess that you expect. Festering within structural support systems and hidden pipes, even the slightest bit of water can weaken your home. If the problem isn’t taken care of within 48 hours, unsightly mold can develop. Say hello to airborne spores and unpleasant odors. Fortunately, Southeast Restoration is brave enough to take on both water damage and mold. We’ll dry and sanitize thoroughly as to completely restore the damage that has occurred. Our services will also prevent future damage.