If you have noticed the signs of water damage on your roof, there are several preliminary steps you can take to minimize the damage. First and foremost, you need to identify where the water is coming from. Is it due to heavy storms? Do you have a leaking pipe in your wall? After you believe you have identified the source, the next step is to remove any and all damaged and wet materials, like drywall or plaster. Any bulging or hanging portions can be scraped or cut away if you have the right tools.
After removing the damaged materials, you should visually examine any exposed soft wood that might have been affected by the water. Water damaged soft wood will need to be removed immediately to prevent mold from developing. In order for mold to grow and spread, it must have moisture, and this is why the entire affected ceiling area must be thoroughly dried out. If you feel comfortable drying the area yourself, you can use commercial fans to dry your ceilings. The number of fans you’ll need will depend on the extent of the water damage. A ceiling with water damage requires very low levels of humidity and the maximum amount of air circulation available. Finally, the affected areas of your ceiling will need to be repaired.
In theory, this does not sound hard, but the primary problem arises in that most homeowners do have the equipment that is necessary to thoroughly dry their ceilings, and it is difficult to know when there is 0% moisture. If your ceiling is not 100% dry, you will have made all of those roofing repairs for nothing as mold will develop.
Hiring a professional roofing contractor to inspect the damage after you have noticed the signs of water damage will put your mind at ease, because they own the tools and equipment needed to test for the presence of moisture. If you are in need of roofing repair services, contact us at Universal Roofing today!