Many people suffer from water damage in their homes every year in Orange County California. It is a terrible thing to have to experience and sadly enough, it’s actually quite common. There are just so many variables that come into play with your home that can create a disaster such as water damage, and even if you do everything possible to avoid it, you may occasionally fall victim to the headache of it all. One of the key areas to worry about in your home is the attic, so I will share with you some things that you can do to help get rid of the threat of water damage up above once and for all.
If you are like most people, chances are that you do not spend much time in your attic. In fact, some home owner’s have admitted that they have gone several years before ever going into the space up above the rest of their home. An attic is extremely hot in the summer and unbearably cold in the winter so it is easy to understand how people lack the motivation to head up those attic stairs very often. The problem here is that if you never go into your attic, how will you know that it is in good shape and free of any damage that may result in serious water damage or mold issues? Whether you want to or not, you are going to have to travel to the attic every once in a while and inspect the entire area to ensure that everything is as it should be. If your attic does not stay dry as it should, you can bet on the rest of your home not being dry either before too long. If there is an issue starting in your attic that involves water, it is important to catch it in the early stages before the repairs get out of hand and the expenses related to it go through the roof quite literally.
A good time to check your attic space to ensure that it is free from the threat of water damage is during a severe storm that produces a hard rainfall. If you have any sections in your roof that may be producing leaks, this is the absolute best time to look for them. You want to make sure the attic is well lit while you are performing your inspections and it would not hurt to use a large flash light or mobile spotlight as well. You want to be sure that if there is a leak, you don’t miss it. You also want to pay close attention to the floor, just in case the leak is hiding behind a post or rail and you cannot see it when looking up above. Keep in mind that just because the roof is not leaking now, there may be an area that is capable of producing a leak that is simply lying dormant at the moment. A good way to check for problem areas such as these is to search for water stained areas in the attic roof or floor. Also feel around for any damp places as well.
If you do locate a leak, you need to take this very seriously. This is not something that you should take lightly even if the leak is extremely small, as little problems can become very large problems over night when it comes to water damage related issues. Be sure that the damaged materials on your roof that are contributing to the leak are repaired or replaced right away. Also be sure to cleanup all of the water that was spilled into the attic and make sure that there is no attic insulation lying around damp. If the water got to some of the insulation, simply discard the effected insulation and replace it with new. Be sure to dry the room out thoroughly by leaving the attic stairs open and opening any vents or windows that may be present to allow fresh air to flow through the attic and allow moisture in the air to flow back out. Utilize fans and you might even consider using a dehumidifier.