Even minor damage can be enough for water to get into your home, and it can be enough for mold to grow. When you have leak, you don’t just have to repair the roof. You also have to fix any damage to the interior of your home. The first step is to find the source of the leak. Once you find it, you’ll need to fix the issue. You may think that it would be easy to find. But sometimes, the signs of water damage can be hidden behind your walls or under your floor boards. Regardless of how long ago it happened, you need to take care of the problem so you don’t put you and your family at risk.
Signs That Your Roof is Leaking
Some of the signs that your roof is leaking can include, but may not be limited to:
- Water marks that are present on your ceilings and walls.
- Areas of your ceilings or walls that look discolored.
- Darkened areas of the paint on your ceiling.
- Paint that’s peeling around skylights and dormer windows.
- Plaster that’s peeling, cracked, or bubbled.
- Mold that’s growing around your chimney.
- Rotting wood in the attic, as well as around skylights or dormer windows.
- Wood in the rafters that looks discolored.
- Drywall that’s crumbling or deteriorating.
- A musty smell in the attic (which is a sign of mildew).
- Mold is growing on the attic insulation.
- Water is seeping through areas of your home during a rainstorm.
Be sure to speak to a professional if you notice any of these signs in your home.
How You Can Deal with Water Damage to Your Home
Your first line of defense is to get rid of any additional hazards that can be caused by water leaks (such as electrical fires or any additional loss to the property) by removing cords and furniture from any areas that have been affected, and make sure you cut off the power to any areas that have been exposed to water before you use electronic devices. Contact your insurance company to file a claim, and make sure you document the damage with both pictures and a written list. Many home insurance companies don’t cover floods, so make sure you understand what is and isn’t included in your policy.
Drying the affected areas is one of the most important steps in the cleanup process, but it’s also one of the most overlooked. You can use mops, rags, or a wet/dry vacuum to remove any water that accumulated in the affected areas. And by taking this step, you’ll minimize your risk of mold growth. Even after you have dried everything, you should clean each area with a mixture of bleach and water. This will prevent the growth of mold and bacteria, which can be a serious health hazard.
The Coastal Bend’s Top Choice for Repairing Roofs Affected by Water Damage!
If your home has been affected by water damage because of a storm or any other incident, Phillips Roofing and Restoration has an experienced team who can evaluate the issue and come up with a cost-effective solution. We’re one of the top roofing and restoration contractors in the Coastal Bend, and we make sure that we treat our customers with honesty and respect.
If you want us to look at your home for water damage or anything else that might have happened during a storm, get in touch with us today!