Roof Damage Expertise
Roof Replacements and Repairs – Water Damage
When most people think of Arizona, they picture sunny skies and gorgeous desert landscapes. Yet, Arizona is also home to an annual monsoon season, which can give rise to flash floods and result in severe storm damage to buildings. If you’ve got a leaky roof, you can rely on our team of roofing professionals at Blue Mountain Roofing to quickly assess and fix the problem. Our team has been serving the greater Tucson area for more than 20 years. We provide prompt and professional roof leak repairs and full roof replacements on both residential and commercial buildings.
Signs of Hidden Water Damage in Your Home
It’s commonly thought that a roof leak is easy to spot. However, water damage doesn’t always involve a cascade of water flowing into your home from the roof. Water damage is often hidden. A slow leak can cause water damage sustained over a long period of time, which can create more problems for your home than a significant, sudden leak. Blue Mountain Roofing recommends keeping an eye out for the following signs of hidden water damage that can be caused by leaky roofs:
Periodically, scan the ceilings and walls in your home for unusual discoloration. Be sure to check less frequently seen areas, such as the ceilings in your closets. Hidden water damage can cause brownish streaks or circles.
Does your home smell musty and you can’t figure out why? The problem may be mold growth on your walls and floors. It’s possible for slow leaks in pipes to cause a mold infestation behind the walls. However, the culprit could be a leaky roof.
If your home has an attic, take a trip up there every month or so to inspect the roof sheathing. Use a flashlight if needed to inspect the entire ceiling for any areas that look darker than the adjacent areas. A darkened area may indicate water damage.
Whether you detect hidden water damage or you have a sudden leak causing water to pour into your home, you can count on the expert roofing professionals at Blue Mountain Roofing. We can also help you prevent roof water damage in the future.
Common Causes of Roof Leaks
There are many possible causes of roof leaks and water damage in Arizona homes. At Blue Mountain Roofing, we’ve seen it all during our 20-plus years of serving the Tucson community. Some of the most common causes of leaky roofs include the following:
- Cracked flashing
- High winds (can dislocate shingles)
- Improper sealing of roof valleys
- Cracked mastic around roof penetration
- Storm damage (e.g. falling tree limbs)
In addition, a roof can begin leaking when it reaches the end of its lifespan. When this occurs, we recommend replacing the roof rather than making repairs.
Problems Due to Water Damage
Dripping water or water intrusion can cause severe structural damage. Some of the problems that can arise from water damage include:
Wastage of energy and higher utility bills
The biggest side effect of a water damaged roof is higher utility bills. Leaky roofs and water dripping can be detrimental to the insulation in the attic area. The insulation takes a long time to dry, and may eventually deplete. The house will take time to heat or cool, resulting in higher utility bills.
A leaking roof will lead to mildew and mold growth. The mold can spread to the walls and floors of the house, and it may also impact the HVAC system. It could spread through the vents of the HVAC system and end up affecting the carpets, furniture, etc. Mold and mildew can also cause serious health problems, especially for people suffering from nasal congestion, rhinitis, inflammation, and asthma.
The electrical wiring under the attic or ceiling may be impacted due to leaky roofs. A leaky roof could cause a fire from shorted wires.
Damage to the attic
A roof leak could cause damage to the attic area or the ceiling. Items stored in the attic may also get damaged. Paint and plaster may start peeling off. Ceiling-mounted lights and fans may also get damaged by seeping water.
A leaking roof can lead to wood deterioration, weakening the frame of the roof and causing serious problems that require assistance from a roofing company.
Prevent Roof Water Damage
The best way to prevent roof water damage is by maintaining the roof properly and by conducting regular inspections of the roof. A professional roofing contractor can inspect the roof and fix any issues like missing shingles, warping, corrosion, etc. Call a professional roofing contractor to inspect your roof regularly.