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Water Damage from Roof Leaks in Newton

2/25/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says Keep Your Roof in Good Repair to Prevent Water Damage

Newton Water Damage from Roof Leaks Can Be Remedied by SERVPRO

It is not unusual for Newton water damage to be the result of a roof leak. It can be a difficult problem, but there are solutions. So, if your ceiling is looking a little stained, it is time to take action.

The thing to remember is that speed makes all of the difference when it comes to interior water damage. If you ignore the problem, there is a much higher likelihood of permanent damage to soft furnishings, décor, and structural components, especially porous drywall.

As soon as you suspect that a leak in the roof has appeared (check for slimy patches on walls and ceilings), you need to start searching for the source. Once you have found it, or before, you can call in a water damage restoration team and direct them to the problem.

This guide indicates common areas of roof leaks

Close to the Chimney
You would be surprised at how often the flashing around a chimney turns out to be the culprit. This is not quite as worrisome as it sounds because you can access this area. If the flashing has lifted or pulled away from the brick, you can be sure that it needs repairing.

Damaged Shingles
Many factors can crack or break roof shingles. They can degrade due to regular wear and tear, or they can be tossed about in bad weather. Moisture can make its way below shingles and soak past the material underneath (felt) if it has been compromised. Spotting and leaks inside the house may appear. Keep an eye out for missing and crumbling tiles.

Obstructed Gutters
More often than not, a minor leak can be traced back to a problem with the guttering. Even if you have securely fastened gutters, they will struggle to drain efficiently if they are always getting clogged. They need to be cleaned once every couple of months or more often if you live in an area with high winds and many falling leaves. Gutter guards are a good investment.

Roof Slopes
Many homes incorporate a ‘valley’ into their roof lines. A valley can end up being a problem, especially for homeowners living in very wet regions, if drainage doesn't occur. The rainwater collects and pools, which is fine as long as the roofing material is functioning properly.

Around Ice Dams
Keep an eye out for troublesome ice dams during the winter months. These ridges of frozen water appear at the edges of a roof and prevent melting snow from moving safely away from the house via the gutters and downspouts. This melted water will seep into the sheathing and soffits and the attic area creating water damage to the trusses. Insufficient attic insulation is the main cause of this ice damming.

Areas of Exposure
There will likely be pipes and vents that penetrate through the roof. If the seals are cracked, dried out, or degraded, water damage can occur from this penetration point. The problem is that any time a part of the internal home becomes an external component; there is a potential for water to enter the building. Make sure that the flashing around these exposed regions is robust, strong, and in tip top condition.

SERVPRO is available to offer advice or to implement water damage restoration to your Newton home. We provide expert workmanship, using industry grade equipment, along with our IICRC trained technicians. We guarantee our drying of your property and restoring it to pre-water damage condition "Like it never even happened."

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SERVPRO of Catawba County East consists of water damage specialists who get started promptly to get your property dry and back to pre-water-damage condition. We proudly serve our local communities of Newton, Conover, and Claremont for water, fire, and mold remediation work. Call us 24/7 at (828) 465-6504

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