Water falls from the sky as light rain, hard rain, freezing rain, snow, or hail, each capable of damaging your roof in different ways. However, most often, roof damage from water happens slowly, increasing over time until a storm or heavy snow reveals the extent of the damage.
Water also flows inside your home or office building through plumbing. Pipes can crack, burst, or spring leaks from joints, causing significant water damage to ceilings and floors.
Water doesn’t even have to flow to cause damage. The air carries moisture in the form of water vapor which can condense on cold surfaces such as windows, roofs, and walls, and around air conditioning units. Even simple, prolonged exposure to moist air can penetrate wood and cause it to rot or form mold.
In circumstances where most of the surrounding materials are non-porous, and absorb little or no water.
When about 40% of surrounding materials are porous and able to absorb water, a more in-depth clean-up is necessary.
When more than 40% of materials are porous (such as wood, drywall, and insulation), significant damage is likely.
Not only are materials porous, but they have absorbed near their capacity of water. Materials will need to be removed and replaced.
Water damage is ALWAYS increased by prolonged exposure.
The longer porous materials like wood and drywall are exposed to moisture, the more water they will likely absorb. This can lead to rot, or the development of toxic mold that can cause significant respiratory problems for people living in the home.
Furthermore, long term water exposure can lead to the deterioration of important structural members intended to support your roof. Allowing for sitting water to remain unattended is one of the most common causes of a collapsed roof.
It is imperative that you take action as soon as possible once moisture appears inside. This involves locating and repairing the source of the moisture, and remediating any exposed or damp surfaces.
Your Roof Has A Hard Job. It Must Constantly Protect You And Your Belongings From Some Of Nature’s Most Savage And Unforgiving Forces.