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Reduce The Risk Of Mold Damage In Watertown By Checking Your Roof For These Common Causes Of Leaks

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Shingle damage is a leading cause of roof leaks.

The Common Causes Of Roof Leaks

No one wants to find a leak in their Watertown roof. A leaking roof usually means costly repairs which are often disruptive. Roof damage is a headache. There is another side effect of roof leaks that you might not realize, mold damage. Water seeping into your home creates areas of damp, and fungus thrives when it has water and a food source.

Unfortunately, your home provides mold with ample food sources, such as drywall and even wallpaper. SERVPRO suggests checking out these common causes of roof leaks so you can deal with them before the damage to your home gets any worse.

Look for wear and tear around vents, pipes or flues. Anywhere that a channel exits your roof, there is a risk of wear and tear to the exit point. Such rough spots easily spread and provide water with an entrance point. Of course, this also includes chimneys which are huge pipes coming out of your roof. Water can leak down inside your chimney and seep into the smallest cracks, and might also pool around the base of the stack.

Shingle damage is a leading cause of roof leaks. You probably do not pay much attention to your roof shingles on a daily basis. However, shingles suffer daily wear as a result of being exposed to the element, and they are not made of indestructible material. It only takes one crack in a tile to start a leak. Check your roof for damage once a year, or hire a handyman to do it for you if you do not want to climb up there.

Roof flashing is the top cause of roof leaks. Flashing refers to the metal strips that cover seams or other meeting points on your roof. Low-quality strips corrode over time and cease to function correctly, thus letting water into your home.

SERVPRO recommends checking your roof for damage regularly. It is also a good idea to check the rooms nearest the roof, especially dark or little-used attics where mold can grow unnoticed. Call us at the first sign of mold – our IICRC-certified technicians are ready to provide efficient fungus remediation.

For help with mold growth in Green Hill, Watertown, Lebanon and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Wilson County at (615) 449-5000 today.

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