Water damage can be tricky. Water can get into deep, hidden areas in your house, and become trapped. Sometimes, only sophisticated meters used to detect moisture can find hidden pockets of water saturation. If the water remains undetected, it can cause many problems, from foul odors to dangerous mold. Whether you have water damage from a relatively minor leak or a major flood, it’s important to take steps to minimize damage as soon as possible. There are several different ways water can get into your house and cause damage.
When a roof is damaged, water can get in. There may be a missing shingle, a problem with flashing around skylights or roof vents, or major damage from a wind storm or a falling tree. There may be obvious damage, or the leak may go unnoticed for a time. Water can get into insulation, walls, and ceilings. It’s important to fix roof leaks right away, as soon as you notice the problem. While you’re waiting for repairs to be made, you can cover the damaged area with a tarp. This will not completely stop water from getting in, but it may help lessen the severity of the damage if repairs can’t happen right away.
Storms and Floods
Water damage from floods and storm water can be significant. Additionally, flood and storm water can be contaminated with a wide variety of things, including raw sewage. In this case, it is important to thoroughly clean and scrub everything that was affected by the storm or flood water to get rid of potential contaminants. Flooring and entire portions of walls may have to be completely removed. Everything will have to be allowed to dry completely to avoid future mold and odors.
Snow and Ice
In some areas, snow and ice can cause a major issue that leads to leaks. If your roof is covered with snow and a portion of the roof warms up, the snow against the roof starts to melt. The water runs down the roof until it reaches a colder area, typically at the edge of the roof, then freezes into ice. The frozen ice builds up, creating an ice dam that can trap melting snow and water, causing it to back up under the shingles of the roof.
Broken or Leaking Pipes
In many cases, plumbing runs between walls and under floors in your home. If a pipe starts leaking, it may be a steady drip or a constant stream of water. The smaller the leak, the longer it will likely take to notice the problem. Until the problem is noticed and remedied, water will continue to seep into framing, support beams, flooring, or walls.
However water damage happens, it’s important to take care of it the right way to avoid future problems, and if you happen to live in a high risk are such as Sacramento, CA then it’s even wiser to educate yourself. Luckily, there are plenty of Sacramento Water Damage Restoration companies ready to help you get your life back in order after a flood.