When you think of water damage, you typically picture a flooded basement with boxes of irreplaceable family photos and a sofa floating by. Unfortunately, many other areas in your home can suffer from the devastating effects of water damage, including the opposite end of your home, the attic. To determine if your roof is adequately protecting your home and preventing water from wreaking havoc up there, inspect your attic for signs of water damage on a regular basis.
1. Sunlight: Make sure you enter your attic with the lights off. This helps you detect any signs of daylight. Pinpoint holes in your roof can let sunlight stream into the space. While this seems rather innocuous at first, realize that those same pinpoint holes can let water stream in as well. Rain, snow, and ice can all work their way into your attic and cause serious damage through those little holes in a very short amount of time.
2. Dark Spots: Turn on the lights and look around. If you see darkened areas on the plywood floors, walls, or rafters, it is likely a sign of past water damage. Call your local water damage restoration team to take a closer look. They not only need to inspect the extent of the damage, but they also need to find the source to prevent future damage. Stopping water at its source is the key to preventing future problems.
3. Wetness: The most obvious sign of water damage is water. You might find standing water in your attic after a storm, much like that basement you pictured. A more likely scenario, however, is that you will find items that are wet or damp. Feel the insulation, the floor, and the walls in an effort to hunt down any wet areas and signs of water infiltration.
4. Mold: One of the most frightening signs of past water damage is mold. In fact, the EPA, Environmental Protection Agency, states that mold can start to grow in as little as 24 hours after water sneaks into your home. Mold can grow on virtually any surface, including wood, drywall, insulation, and carpet. In fact, it can grow between walls and underneath carpeting where you can't always see it with your naked eye. A water damage restoration specialist like ServiceMaster by Restoration Xperts can help clean up the damage and, more importantly, find the source to prevent future incidents.
Identifying water damage in your attic is not difficult of you know what to look for and have a reliable restoration team to help.