Most homeowners know that the weather can cause significant damage to their homes. However, many don’t think of rain as a problematic weather pattern. In reality, rain can cause water damage to a home, which can provide a breeding ground for mold and mildew.
Here’s what you need to know about rain and water damage so you can protect your home.
How Water Gets Into Your Home
There are a number of ways that water can infiltrate your home.
If your roof leaks, you can end up with roof water damage and roof leak mold. Rain can get into your roof if you have:
- Missing or broken shingles
- Incorrect or incorrectly installed roofing materials
- Damaged flashing
Many people ask us, “Can you get mold from a leaky roof?” The answer is absolutely “Yes!” Anytime water gets into your home and is not dried up immediately, you could end up with mold.
Backed Up Gutters
Gutters are designed to keep rainwater away from your roof and the ground immediately surrounding your house. If they are filled with leaves and other debris, or if there’s so much rain that they are overwhelmed, you can end up with a lot of water getting dumped near your foundation.
Over time, this water can weaken your home and cause your basement to become flooded, and mold to grow.
Sure, your house is in great shape, but what happens when wind drives rain into it at high speeds? Even the best cared for home can experience water damage under these circumstances. Water can be driving into your siding and your roof and it can even be pushed between the window and the frame of your house.
If the ground around your house gets overwhelmed by water and can’t absorb it all, that water can end up inside your home. This can cause basement water damage and mold/mildew growth down there.
If your windows are older or haven’t been upgraded recently, they may be susceptible to leaks. Check the seal around each window to make sure that it is intact all the way around. If these seals fray, crack, or become brittle, rain can get through and you can end up with water damage.
Other Water Infiltration
In addition to roof water damage and damage from the other sources listed above, water can often get into your home in other ways, like through miniscule gaps in your siding or via your crawl space.
Signs of Water Damage
The best way to detect roof leak mold or to determine whether your basement flooded and mold grew is to look for the following signs.
- A moldy or mildewy smell
- Visible mold or mildew growth
- Peeling or discolored paint
- Soft, squishy, or sagging walls or ceiling
- Higher-than-usual home humidity
- Damp carpet or puddles on flooring
- The sound of running water when all water is shut off
What Do I Do About Water Damage?
If you see the signs mentioned above and you suspect water damage in your home, give us a call at Core24 Services. We will determine where the water is getting into your house, then seal it up so you don’t have the same problem again.
Our work doesn’t stop there, though. We will also help you find and mitigate any damage that the water has already done to your home. We’ll find out what the water has damaged, then dry it out or remove it and replace it.
If you have mold, we’ll bring in filters to scrub your air, then do whatever it takes to get rid of the mold fast. We’ll even coordinate with third-party companies to complete work on your plumbing, heating, and air conditioning if those systems are part of the problem.
No matter what, we’ll get you living normally in your home once again. We work efficiently because we know how much you need your home. Before you know it, things will be back to normal and you’ll be on your regular schedule again.
Call Core24 Services for Water Damage Restoration Services!
If you suspect water damage in your home, call us at Core24 Services today. We’ll have someone out ASAP to find the problem and implement the solutions you need.