Wind and Water Damage

Tornadoes, gales, severe weather, or just plain higher winds can cause severe damage to your home. All of us have seen the pictures associated with wind ravaged houses with the roofs blown away, windows knocked out, or a tree crashing through the roof and walls. But many times the damage is much more subtle. A missing or roof shingle, a gutter pulled from the house, or a broken seal around a window, or port, can allow water a water leak, causing significant unseen Round Rock water damage over time.

Small Failures Can Have Serious Consequences

The construction of a house is relatively simple, but each component plays a critical and vital part. Water runs over the shingles into the gutter that carries it to the ground and away from the framework. The seals, as well as gaskets around openings, for example, windows, doors, and vents, keep rain from entering the home. If any part of the system fails because of wind or wear, water will begin to leak in and start taking its toll.

The Sooner The Better

The damage can be subtle as well as undetectable at first. A leaking pipe can allow water to run down within walls and collect on the wood under and behind your walls. Leaks in roofs can allow rain to enter and gather in the attic gradually soaking into insulating material and seeping into the sheetrock. Over time, these will cause the actual sheetrock to fail, wood to rot, mildew and mold to flourish and finally result in significant structural damage. By the time, there’s a visible indication, such as a brown spot on the ceiling, or mildew around a vent, considerable damage probably has already taken place and you face the expense of mold remediation.

Immediate Action Required

As soon as a water damage or a wind-related problem is detected, an experienced professional should be brought in to assess the damage and quickly produce a remedy. Walls or ceilings may need be torn out to expose the damaged areas and allow air to flow. Dehumidifiers and fans should be brought in to dry out the wet areas before any repairs can start. Unique skills and tools are needed to eliminate the mold and mildew which could linger for years and cause health problems in family and pets.

A Regular Inspection is a Good Practice

After an unusual storm, heavy rain, or high wind, or a quick freeze, you should make a thorough inspection of the interior and exterior of your home. Check the attic for leaks or any sign of dampness. Look around the gutters, soffit, and windows for problems created by the blowing wind. A small amount of maintenance now can prevent major headaches in the future.