The greater Los Angeles Area enjoys beautiful weather year-round, but that doesn’t mean the region is spared from rainfall entirely. In fact, the average annual rainfall in Southern California is about 21 inches, which is more than enough to cause significant damage to your home if your roof isn’t sound. Rainfall, of course, is not the only culprit when it comes to water damage, as leaky plumbing, fire-extinguishing sprinklers, or other sources can also lead to necessary repairs or restorations. Combined with the region’s infamous and unfortunate fire season, rains that occur shortly after fires can cause additional trouble for homeowners.
When you suspect water damage in your roof, it is important to act quickly and decisively, and there are steps you can take ahead of bringing in a professional to resolve. Below, we’ll outline a few ways to manage water damage and related roofing issues so you can better protect your home.
Check the ceiling for water stains
If there is a leak in your roof that is affecting your ceiling, you should focus on managing these areas first as they may pose a safety risk. When ceilings are exposed to sustained water, this can weaken their structural integrity and lead to sagging or eventual collapse. Look for water stains along your ceiling, and block off any areas underneath those spots to avoid injury.
For large areas, you will likely want to consult a professional to replace the damaged portions of the ceiling and ensure that the repaired ceiling matches your existing ceiling.
Replace damaged siding
Roof problems can also lead to water damage in your external siding, as well. Ice dams and other roof problems can cause water damage to siding materials as well. Here, there is a danger of water seeping behind your siding and causing permanent damage to more vulnerable materials underneath, such as unsealed wood. Be sure to have the affected siding removed or replaced before it begins to rot.
Address any plumbing issues
If the source of the damage is related to plumbing, and especially if you notice a consistent pooling of water that seems to be difficult to stem, you will need to contact a professional plumber to ensure that the problem is addressed quickly.
To identify whether or not your water damage is related to plumbing, first turn off the water at the source. If you still see a leak, drip, or pooling of water, the plumbing may not be the problem. However, if you notice that turning off the water at the source does provide temporary relief, you can pass this information along to your plumber so that the issue is identified and addressed more quickly.
Remove any mildew or mold
One of the serious long-term consequences of a leaky roof is the potential build up mildew or mold. Both mildew and mold thrive in damp, humid conditions, and once it begins to grow in a section of your house, it can quickly spread through the vents and air ducts. Prolonged exposure to mold spores can cause health issues, especially for people who may be susceptible to respiratory conditions such as asthma.
You’ll want to use specialty cleaning products to kill the mold and prevent it from spreading further. Any parts of the home, including the ceilings, walls, or framing that are severely infected may need to be removed and replaced completely.
Reach out to A-List Builders
If you’re looking for a trusted fire and water damage restoration company in Southern California, contact A-List Builders. We provide complete restoration services, including home restorations related to water damage and roofing, fire damage, natural disasters, and more. Our team can work with you to rebuild your roof so that it meets code requirements and even offer suggestions to prevent future water-related issues. We also work with you to maintain your project after it’s complete to ensure long-term success.
To get started, reach out to us at [email protected] or give us a call today at (877)-582-7770.