Why You Should Fix a Roof Leak Immediately After Damage

Roof Leak Causes Ceiling Damage

A friend of Putman Restoration recently mentioned the she has a roof leak. Her home in Shreveport experienced minor roof damage after a hail storm and unfortunately never got around to fixing it.  During a severe thunderstorm six months later, the ceiling started to leak in the living room…all over the living room furniture.

Common areas that water enters the home includes damaged and missing shingles, where nails are loose, poorly sealed roof flashing around vents, skylights, or chimneys, and along the intersections of roof planes.

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After a bad storm it is always a good idea to have a professional take a look at the roof.

Here’s Why You Should Fix a Roof Leak Immediately After Damage:

  • Mold Growth: Mold spores begin to grow within 24 hours of a water intrusion event, especially here in Louisiana.  Mold will even grow in between the wall cavities and in attic crawl spaces.
  • Wood Rot:  Depending on the construction materials, the sheathing, exterior siding, fascia boards, soffits and roof support systems will deteriorate over time when constantly exposed to water.  This leads to water finding its way inside the home, which leads to mold.
  • Poor Indoor Air Quality: Once moisture accumulates in the home or building, mold and bacteria begin to grow. This leads to adverse health effects to occupants including respiratory  issues, asthma, allergies, headaches, etc.
  • Costly Renovations: Small problems can quickly grow into larger, more costly problems.  A simple roof leak will affect ceilings, walls, flooring and can even compromise the integrity of building structure.  Overtime, this adds up to replacing drywall, replacing flooring, repainting the area, and tending to other damaged materials.

Concerned about water damage due to a roof leak? Call Putman Restoration 24/7 at (318) 453-5029.  Putman Restoration has the equipment and experience to quickly extract water, as well as clean and dry out your home or office.