Attics are often out of sight, out of mind—but many homeowners don’t realize how vulnerable attics are to water damage. Since attics are closest to the elements, they can fall victim to leaks, burst pipes, moisture buildup, and ice dams. If your attic has suffered from water damage and you need help fast, look no further than the professionals at Cleanup & Total Restoration.
But first, let’s learn about what water damage looks like and what the most common causes are.
What Does Water Damage in the Attic Look Like?
After you’ve grabbed your flashlight or headlamp, head to the attic and look for signs of damage like:
- Damp areas or moldy insulation
- Cracks under the roof joints
- Puddles or water stains
- Visible mold growth
Water damage isn’t always visible—sometimes you need to use your nose. If you can’t find any visible indication of water damage but can smell musty, moldy odors, then you probably have a problem. Mold and mildew growth can cause an array of health issues, so if you smell mold then you should make it a priority to call Cleanup & Total Restoration.
5 Common Causes of Attic Water Damage
Your attic is just as susceptible to water damage as any other part of your home. However, attics are especially prone to water damage due to their close proximity to the roof. Below are the five most common reasons for water damage in attics.
An old or broken roof can lead to leaks in your attic. Ensure that your roof’s shingles, ridge caps, and underlayment are free from damage.
Moisture can build up in your attic due to poor attic ventilation. The excess moisture might also stem from a malfunctioning air conditioner condenser.
Ice dams are harmful to attics as snow is pushed under your roof’s shingles and into the wall voids.
Cracks or warped areas around your vents and chimney can lead to water leaking through. If you notice puddles around your attic, your flashing is most likely cracked.
Old & Frozen Pipes
If your pipes are old, damaged, or aren’t properly insulated, then they are at risk of bursting. Burst pipes can cause major water damage to your attic space if not dealt with promptly.
Read More: How to Thaw & Prevent Frozen Water Pipes
What To Do if There Is Water Damage in the Attic?
When water damage strikes your attic, the last thing you should do is panic. Instead, follow our three steps:
Step One: Locate & Stop the Water
If you can, locate the source of the water and turn it off. If you know where the water is coming from but can’t stop it, evacuate your property before you’re put in harm’s way.
Step Two: Turn Off Your Power
Electrical issues should not be taken lightly. If you have just experienced water damage, then it is vital that you turn off all power through your electrical box.
Step Three: Call CTR
When you call Cleanup & Total Restoration, you can expect our technicians to be on your property in 60 minutes or less. We work directly with your insurance to evaluate the damage and determine the amount of your claim.
How to Protect Your Attic From Water Damage
Protecting your attic from water damage isn’t guaranteed, but there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of any future damage. Cleanup & Total Restoration recommends the following:
- Repair any roof issues
- Keep your gutters clean
- Ensure proper attic ventilation
- Replace attic insulation
- Get rid of ice dams
Attic Water Damage FAQs
Who Do I Call for a Water Leak in the Attic?
The team at Cleanup & Total Restoration is available anytime, anywhere. Contact us, and we’ll be on your property in less than an hour.
How Do You Get Moisture Out of the Attic?
The best way to get moisture out of your attic is with a team of professional water restoration specialists. Get in touch with CTR and receive a free estimate.
Is a Water Leak in the Attic Dangerous?
A water leak in your attic can start small—but small leaks can grow into big problems. From mold growth to major structural damage, it’s best to call your local restoration company before a water leak worsens.
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Contact Southern Idaho’s Restoration Specialists
If you suspect water damage in your attic, then your best possible course of action is to call Cleanup & Total Restoration. Our technicians are available 24 hours a day to handle all kinds of water damage to your attic originating from bad roofs, storm damage, broken pipes, and more.
With over 20 years of restoration experience, there’s no reason not to call CTR. Get your free estimate today.