Constant Rain and Leaky Roofs
With the relentless series of storms we've seen since last December, SERVPRO of Danville has seen a marked increase in water damage from roof leaks. Roof leaks can be a challenge to deal with! A roof leak generally happens at the worst possible time, typically during the peak of a heavy rain/windstorm.
Roofs will leak for a number of reasons, including shoddy construction, holes made by animals, missing shingles thanks to intense wind and rain, problems with plumbing vents, damaged flashing, and clogged and overflowing gutters. Consider the age of the roof, too. It may be so old and worn that it’s time for a proper replacement. Additionally, skylights and chimneys traditionally leak because they’re essentially sealed holes in the roof! There's a phrase: there's 2 types of skylights, those that leak and those that will....
Typically you’ll see a stain on a wall or ceiling that’ll give you an idea you have a leak coming from somewhere. In extreme cases SERVPRO has been called out when the ceiling has already come crashing down. The insulation in attics is very absorbent and can hold quite a bit of water; a slow leak can sometimes take weeks to reveal itself, usually with a loud crash and ceiling drywall and insulation covering everything in the house!
The best time to trace where the leak is coming from is to examine its trail as best you can when it’s raining outside. SERVPRO has the tools to help track the leak to its source. Once it's found a roofer can come by and either temporarily tarp the roof or get it repaired if the rains stopped!