A lot of people expect water damage to be a basement oriented occurrence. That’s not always the case, folks. Water damage can occur almost anywhere in the home, even in places like the attic. You may not expect it, but roof water damage is extremely common. For that reason, you should inspect your roof for water damage every fall.
Inspecting Your Roof For Water Damage
You may be asking yourself, “Is a roof inspection really all that necessary?” Actually, your roof is capable of causing serious water damage. Think about it, all of that snow, sleet, rain, debris. If those aren’t scary enough, think about all of the weight and pressure those things place on your home. It’s scary when you think about it.
With winter coming into full swing, it’s going to be a lot harder to check out. When inspecting the roof, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, just stand in your attic. Look around. Do you see any sunlight coming through? If so, you’re already susceptible for water damage up there. Light means holes or cracks.
Go outside to the roof and check out the quality out there. Look at shingles themselves. Make sure none are missing and/or damaged. Damaged shingles should be replaced as soon as possible, especially when you know bad weather is approaching.
Shingles should be checked out a few times throughout the winter to ensure their quality status. With all of the rain, sleet, snow, and ice that piles up, up there, you never know how long the shingles will actually last.
Don’t forget to check out the gutters while you’re up there. The same rain, sleet, etc will be piling up in there as well. The blockage could cause overflow and has the potential to sink into your home.
Signs of a Water Damaged Roof
Roofs are commonly damaged during bad storms, hail, strong winds, even extremes of temperature. Ice and falling objects can also damage your roof. The causes change from season to season so be aware of the potential problems. Damaged roofs may show signs of water spots, wet insulation in the attic, or even damp framework and cracked paint.
These are the most common signs of a water-damaged roof:
- Water damage on your ceilings. Water damaged ceilings mean water is coming in from above.
- Roof is sagging or bowed. A roof that sags is a sign of severe damage that requires repair asap. It’s just a matter of time before a sagging roof collapses.
- Missing or worn shingles. The shingles are the first layer of protection on your roof. If they are worn or missing, they should be replaced. This is usually a relatively inexpensive procedure.
- Just like your walls and floors, discoloration on your roof indicates some kind of damage.
- Mold growth near ceilings or in the attic. Mold growth near the roof may also be an indication your roof is damaged. Mold growth can cause severe structural damage to your home and should be investigated immediately.
In any case of roofing damage, you should affect repairs as soon as possible, since this will not fix itself and will only provide access to your home by water, creating a whole new array of water damage problems.
How to Prevent Roof Water Damage
Well, don’t be scared. There are always ways to help prevent destruction, and in this case, that would be a regular inspection. Get up there, and check it out. Missing and/or damaged shingles are a bad sign. You must replace those are soon as possible. Without them, you’re asking for a problem. Water from rain, snow, etc. will easily slip through the cracks.
Check the roof from the inside. If you can see light shining through, there’s a problem. You need to patch that up while the weather is still mild. If water gets in the home AND goes unnoticed, you could be looking at thousands in water damage. Also, be sure to check that the attic is being properly ventilated. Proper ventilation actually has the ability to extend the lifetime of your rooftop!
Warping, cracking the structure, destroyed drywall/wallpaper/paint, and mold growth are just a few things you can expect from improper roof care. But it’s not all about the roof itself, don’t forget the gutters and downspouts. These areas can also clog up with snow, ice, sleet, debris, etc. and cause all the same issues. Clear gutters when necessary and make sure the downspouts are facing away from the house. If you don’t have loads of time to accomplish this, try putting chicken wire above the gutters. This should prevent a lot of debris from coming in.
What to do if You Have Roof Water Damage
Now, what to do when water DOES break through your barriers. Well, the first thing should be calling a water damage restoration professional at our water damage restoration company. Then, I’d try to find the leak. If you can find it, there’s a possibility that you could fix up the hole with caulking material, and if you catch it in time, you could even possibly skip the whole water damage restoration process.
That said, if you put it off, have it checked periodically throughout the winter and maybe again in the spring. If not, just try to keep the place as dry as possible until help arrives. If you’re not comfortable doing anything with the water damage, just call in the water damage professionals, and wait for them to arrive.
While prevention is great, it doesn’t always do the trick. Sometimes water can slip through. When that does happen, feel free to call our local water restoration company. We will be there and are happy to help with all of your water restoration needs! For a free, in-home estimate, call 1-888-443-3110 now to speak with our on-call water damage restoration company in your area.