Damage to a home from water can cause significant problems, and subtract from house’s comfort, and overall value. Preventing water damage at home, and making the correct, necessary repairs are important. If possible repairs should be performed soon after the initial damage in order to avoid additional problems and cost.
When a home has a leak, flood, or a plumbing malfunction there are several dangers. Fiberglass can installations in the home can be permanently stained, or pushed out shape. Wood can warp causing cracks and depending on the extent of the damage this can lead to structural faults. Standing water, or moisture increases the risk of mold developing, which can make a home unhealthy to live in, and greatly decrease the value of home if it’s not properly stopped and removed. Electric outlets, and wiring in the home can also be harmed by exposure to water or excessive moisture.
Some types of damage such as from leaks in the home can often be prevented by maintaining the roof and structure. The same is true of maintaining the plumbing in the home in order to avoid the possibility of serious leaks.
Finding Help for Roof Leaking Repair
There are two primary ways to effect roof repair when there is a leak. It’s possible to complete this as a “do-it-yourself” project, or hire someone to help. In both cases, it’s best to understand the extent of the damage of the damage before starting out on the repair. This is necessary because even though the occupants of the home might only see water leaking down in one spot, or few spots the problem on the roof might be larger than just this spot or spots.
Having a roofing expert check out the damage is recommended even if the homeowner or renter of the property plans on making the repairs alone, as an expert can find all the trouble spots, and identify where the repair is necessary. An expert can also give those paying for the repair an idea of how much the work should cost.
Before hiring a roofer to make repairs check for references, and get an estimate of what repairs will cost. In most cases, roofing repairs after water damage will mean that old wood and roofing will material will need to be stripped out, and replaced. Repairs should also include protection against water damage in future.
Gutters are designed to protect the exterior of a home by collecting rainwater off the roof and directing into a certain spot, or into a rain barrel. Collecting the water in this way the gutters prevent soil erosion around the outside of the house, and protects the outside of the home and the windows from water stains. When there’s damage to the gutters, or if they become blocked then it’s possible the gutters will actually cause the type of water damage they were meant to prevent.
Signs of blockage of damage to the gutters are cascading water from the half pipe of the gutter running along the edge of the roof. When there is rain or water runoff a damage pipe will see water building up and cascading down before reaching the drainage pipe at the end. Damaged gutters might also rattle, whistle, or droop.
Keeping the gutters and drainage pipe clean and clear of debris is often all the repair gutters need, but it’s also possible that rust, and holes can also occur in gutters. Rust will need to be scraped away or cleaned with a corrosive solution. Holes in damaged gutters can usually be repaired with roofing cement depending on the size of the hole. If a section of the gutter is eaten away by rust, bowed or filled with holes then this section can be replaced.
When the Hot Water Heater is Leaking
One of the most serious leaks in a home is when the hot water heater has a leak. While it might not immediately cause the type of large scale leak seen from other plumbing, even a small leak in the heater is costly, and can be a sign of far more serious problems. Typically, it’s a good idea to call for experienced plumbers if the hot water heater is leaking, but there are a few things to check that can help in understanding what is causing the problem.
A common issue causing leaks is the temperature pressure relief valve often referred to as the TPR valve. In most hot water heaters the TPR is a brass valve close to the top of the water heater that’s connected to a discharge pipe. After several years of wear and tear these valves sometimes develop a dripping or steady leak. Lifting the attached valve to clear away corrosion sometimes stops a dripping leak, but if a steady flow or blasts of hot water are coming from the valve it is the safest course of action to call a plumber as it could be dangerous to attempt this repair alone.
Leaks that seem to drip down onto the heater itself rather than pooling on the floor is another problem that should be left to a licensed experienced plumber.
How to Perform Water Pipe Leak Detection
Finding a mysterious puddle of water, or hearing a constant hiss or gurgle in the walls is not only annoying it’s costly, and could result in water damage to the walls, floors, or interior of the home. There are several common places to check when a leak is suspected.
If you suspect a leak but didn’t see much water check the water meter to the home. Look at the ground starting from the meter to see if there are muddy or wet spots when following the pipe back to the home. Next once back inside the home look at the hose bibs which are the places the underline pipes meet. This might mean a trip down to the basement, or in some homes underneath the home. Look for water or moisture where the pipes connect and if none is found follow the pipes back to the walls. If the leak is in the walls the next step is listening for the sound of hissing and try to pinpoint the area where it originates. Often, when the leak is behind a wall the best course of action is to call for a plumber.
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