Preventing Water Damage in Your Attic
Inspecting Water Damage in the Attic
If you suspect you have water damage in your attic, we have tips on how to carefully inspect the space. We always suggest looking down as well as up! Water descends and damage may be initially discovered on the floor space of the attic, not just on the rafters. Often, the flooring will consist of girders and joists, insulation, wooden boards or plywood. These are areas you will be able to see moisture and water staining most visibly. Once pinpointed where the water or moisture is coming into the top level of your home or business, you can evaluate what steps to take to prevent it in the future. Understanding where the problem is can be a bit of a hassle until you know what to look for in the structure. We’ll walk you through the common causes of water damage in attics and how to stop it.
Attic Leaks from the Roof or Flashing
The first suspect with water damage in the attic is that your roof or flashing is leaking. The angle of the roof may make it hard to determine where the water is falling from without tracing the trail of water. There may be the growth of mold present, a main stain area or rust line visible. Specialized roofing services can repair and halt the moisture problem for you to keep your attic dry and safe. Never attempt to go on the roof without proper equipment and mandated safety precautions. A damage control company will evaluate your exterior shingles or metal roofing, the interior area that is wet, and prevent damage from happening again.
Appliance Water Damage
The sad truth is that sometimes appliances in the attic fail. Pipes, recessed lighting canisters or metal chimney passes may have sprung a leak, leaving you with wet drywall below and potential health hazards. HVAC and air conditioner systems are often in the attic and can become an issue for homeowners and businesses. Even fire sprinkler systems, designed to keep you safe, can be nestled in the roof space and result in a huge crisis. These units must be kept in tip top shape to avert extensive water damage, especially when any electrical component is involved. Water and electricity should never mix. We highly recommend routine appliance maintenance on a seasonal basis.
Moisture from Improper Attic Ventilation
Attics must be well ventilated to reduce the health risk of mold from wet condensation. Mold and bacteria love the moist areas created by bath and dryer vents, leaking caulking or seams, and much more. Proper exposure to air keeps the attic dry and safe. Sealing any existing vents, investigating wiring or cable holes, and chimneys can go a long way toward keeping things in top condition. Improving attic insulation to control temperature fluctuations will reduce condensation build up. Old insulation in the attic will have flattened and appear stained or damaged. Replacing it and keeping the area insulated with fresh and up-to-date options will save you stress and moisture risks.
Winter Roof Leaking and Ice Dams
Portland’s winter weather can bring a host of problems to an area that most owners don’t deal with on a day to day basis–the attic. Often used for storage, water damage will bring serious loss and potential structural damage. Cold temperatures can create the freezing of condensation in the attic, caulking cracking, and much more. Uninsulated pipes may fissure and leak. The trick with seasonal attic leaks is to insulate, aerate, and control the temperature of the space.
Ice dams are their own issue. If you are seeing icicles hanging around the roof, you have a problem. Always note the location via photography, if possible. Thick systems of ice are building up around the eaves and gutters. This will force melted ice or snow back into the residence or commercial property and lead to extensive water destruction. The warmth of your home slowly thaws this ice and snow into a liquid that ruins drywall, wood, and creates hidden contaminants like disturbed asbestos and mold or mildew growth. A local water damage service can create a permeant solution to this common roofing problem.
Nearby Mold and Toxins Experts
If you suspect you have a moisture problem that involves mold, do not enter the attic. Contact a Portland mold expert immediately. Mold is a serious health hazard that must be carefully assessed by a licensed restoration company. It can lead to sickness, breathing trouble, and much more. Let the professionals investigate your moisture and mold problem in the attic before attempting any repairs. Another toxin that may be present in the attic is asbestos insulation, vermiculite. Never disturb it, especially if it has been compromised by wet water damage.
Fresh Air, LLC never leaves a Connecticut home or business unless it is even better than before. Specializing in attic water damage and its prevention, we have the experience to take a disaster in your structure and turn it into an opportunity. We’ll use the latest equipment and materials along with trained manpower to produce a positive and affordable outcome. Simply put, we can make your problem go away and never come back with licensed and certified service. Put your trust in our local know- how today.
Fresh Air. LLC
325 Main St
Portland, CT 06480
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