Dallas Roofing: Article About Unnoticed Water Leaks
Although many homeowners understand that water damage can be dangerous to their home, such damage to a roof is not always visible. In some cases, a leak could go undiscovered for months or years before it is either detected by the homeowner or its effects are felt.
If a roof or attic is damaged by water that has not been discovered for a long period of time, the home's owner should call a Dallas roofing professional to take a look at and fix the damage. He or she may make use of a thermal hygrometer or use other tactics to determine the source of a leak and make sure that it can no longer cause any trouble for the homeowner.
There are several reasons why water damage is not detected right away. In some cases, the water may leak into the attic but not into ceilings or walls in the home below. Therefore, the homeowner may have no reason to suspect that there is a problem that needs to be addressed.
Sometimes, a homeowner may think that a slow drip may be the result of condensation that will resolve itself when the temperatures get back to normal. However, water may simply be absorbed by wood, drywall or felt paper until it reaches its saturation point.
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After it reaches that point, wood will start to rot, drywall could disintegrate, and felt paper may wrinkle and cause shingles to buckle or cup.
That is when a homeowner may finally realize that there has been a problem for the past several years and call for help. It is important to note that even a small amount of water can cause a lot of damage to an attic or roof. If the water is allowed to get down to lower levels or into the foundation, walls, floors and other surfaces may need to be replaced or restored.
Therefore, those who see mold or mildew in the attic or see water pooling on the floor or any other surface should make sure that the problem is taken care of right away. Ideally, an annual roof inspection will be requested by a homeowner who knows that his or her attic is subject to high humidity or poor ventilation. In some cases, it may be possible to avoid water damage by adding more soffit vents, which can increase airflow, reduce humidity and prevent mold from growing or excess moisture from remaining undetected in the room.