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Examining the Causes of Water Damage

Sagging roof caused by water damage.The visible causes of water damage in your home are numerous but they are easy to locate. Many people take a lot of time on maintenance and repairs on their home, even with these steps water damage can still occur. If water damage does occurs, you must be sure to check the extent of the damage and repair it as soon as possible. Delaying necessary checks can lead to escalating damage in your house in the form of leaks, flooding, and mold growth.

Water damage occurs for many different reasons. Although flooding is the most high profile cause, snowfall, rainwater, and improperly built structures can all cause leaks in the interior of the house.  Locating the damage, determining the causes, and deciding how to repair the water damage are necessary to keep your home in proper condition. The key to preventing water damage is to identify the causes of it within your home.

Roof Water Damage

Roofs can hold water from many different reasons but regardless of the causes, when a roof is holding water it can begin seeping water under shingles and into the house. In extreme circumstances, a roof holding too much water has the possibility to collapse. Roofing materials can cause water damage when they wear out, which exposes the roof and its structural elements to moisture from the outside elements. One common cause of shingle wear comes from water accumulation resulting from blocked gutters. Areas such as the chimney, exhaust fans, and plumbing vents are more likely to be exposed to this type of water moisture because of their exposed nature. Shingles that have worn through can curl or crack, which allows moisture to seep through and cause water damage. Rainwater can also accumulate on the roof when gutters are blocked from improperly maintenance. It is important to maintain proper drainage along the foundations or beneath the floor of your house during rainy seasons to prevent accumulation.

While rooftop leaks can damage upper portions of your home, the attic can also have a negative effect on roofs, potentially leading to expensive rooftop water damage. When insulation is improperly installed, heat can ventilate from the attic, leading to snow melting. Freezing water can create ice blockage, or ice dams, removing drainage points on your rooftop. Moisture can be forced under shingles and seep into the attic or wall areas.

When inspecting doors and windows, it is important to make sure that these fixtures are installed properly. This means that no water can penetrate the seals between the wall and fixtures and no moisture can build up to create water damage. Remember to maintain your doors and windows, especially during wet or rainy seasons. Taking care of these potential water damage areas may seem tedious but they can save you a lot of money in the long run.

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