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What Could Happen After My Olathe Roof Leak?

5/23/2020 (Permalink)

A ceiling with water spots and a whole. Roof damage can become a huge issue, let SERVPRO assist you today.

Our Professionals Can Help to Identify Flood and Moisture Damage After Storm Losses at Your Olathe Home. 

One of the most challenging aspects of water damage that comes through the roof of your Olathe home is not knowing how widespread the problem has become. A leak in the roof can persist for weeks or even months before you recognize some of the signs of a problem. Between our restoration specialists and our experienced in-house contractors, we can offer a comprehensive approach that addresses these concerns starting as soon as we arrive.

Roof leaking can be a destructive situation, especially considering that structural deterioration and weakening can be one of the long-term storm damages in Olathe homes after powerful weather events. Our SERVPRO professionals can evaluate the extent of this damage and what can get done to limit controlled demolition, reinstallation, and prolonged restoration practices that might be necessary.

How Do I Know Roof Damage Has Occurred? 

Recognizing a problem might not always be as straightforward and simple as you might have thought. In many situations where small breaches in your roof have formed, water might not pour into your home, leaving a much slower spread to the damage. The drawback of not immediately recognizing a threat is how long materials can remain exposed to flood damage without drying. Some indicators can show you when your roof might potentially be leaking. These include:

  • Spotting – Spotting is a sign that microbial growth might have begun on surfaces like drywall and ceiling tiles. The only way that this can occur is with more than 48 hours of moisture exposure, which can show that a leak has persisted longer than you might have realized. 
  • Structural Breaches – Other damages to your home after a storm can often also indicate the possibility of punctures or missing shingles on your roof. You should inspect your roof or attic space as soon as possible if you believe structural damage might exist.  
  • Sagging Materials – Water saturating through the unfinished floor of your attic can impact the ceiling system materials, including both drywall and insulation. When these items get heavier, they can begin to sag under the weight. 

What Emergency Services Can Help Roof Damage? 

Our professionals understand the value of beginning repairing damages to your roof or cleaning up flooding as soon as possible. Emergency services might indicate many of the immediate tasks that our SERVPRO team complete upon arrival, and several of these include:

  • Roof Tarping – Tarping breaches or openings in the roof can prevent further water penetration so that our technicians can get to work on drying your home.Tarping is temporary, and our contractors can later fully restore and repair the roof. 
  • Board Up – When strong winds break windows or remove siding or plywood from the sides of your home, board up is a vital service to keeping your property from getting more heavily damaged by wind-driven rain or hail damages. 
  • Extraction – Many tools can help with the extraction in your home, and this is a common need when roof damages are considerable enough to allow for direct runoff into your house. With the use of submersible pumps and vacuums, we can gain control of standing water before it becomes more of a threat to the rest of the house.
  • Positive Pressure Systems – Wall and ceiling cavities can hold onto water after roof damages, so much that you might not recognize a problem until it begins to breach the surface layers. Positive pressure systems allow for direct infusion of warm, dry air into structural openings to promote evaporation. 

Why is Attic Flooding So Destructive? 

Flooding in your attic is one of the most troublesome locations for this damage because you might not realize that the problem exists before it is a substantial threat. There are three primary reasons that flooding in the attic space can be a costly and threatening situation for the rest of your house. These include:

  • Water migrating into other areas and lower levels of your house.
  • The development of mold and fungal colonies.
  • Prolonged exposure of structural elements can lead to collapse.

Can SERVPRO Rebuild After Restoration? 

While many restoration teams require you to pursue your own contractors after a restoration has occurred, our SERVPRO team can offer a comprehensive approach that includes both the mitigation and the reconstruction that your property needs. This seamless transition between restoration and rebuilding reduces the time and money involved in the recovery of your house.

As much as flooding and roof damages can be a considerable challenge and obstacle in your home, our SERVPRO of Olathe / Lenexa team can help. We have experienced technicians with cutting-edge equipment that can make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (913) 782-4693.

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