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Storm Damage from Torrential Rain

1/5/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage from Torrential Rain

We have seen an incredible number of storms in 2018. Some of the rain storms we have encountered during this season have not been associated with hurricanes or even thunder storms. In fact, they were simply rain makers where rain clouds just stayed around for an extended amount of time.

This type of rain damage can start at the foundation of the house and have problematic impacts on the roof structure. The weight of rain alone, puts pressure on the roof shingles, and the presence of water for an extended amount of time on the wood of the foundation, begins to erode the fibers of the wood.

You may only think of damage from rain storms as being temporary, and you may only consider storm damage as wind damage or structural damage, but too much rain and there is a problem. For example, when water penetrates the wood of a home’s foundation, it starts to eat inward.

When the water starts to saturate the inner parts of the foundation, it begins to spread. As it’s spreading inward and no longer visible on the outside, another culprit is just behind the water saturation and that is mold. From the top of a home with standard shingles, water begins to trickle into the sheetrock and eventually shows up as a water line on your roof.

As you may suspect, from the top or bottom, too much water for too long can cause very expensive damage. It is important that you contact a water and storm damage specialist in your local area, after a huge rain event if you detect that water has caused a leak in the roof, or saturation in the foundation.

Keep a dehumidifier in your home, office or structure and turn it on after the rain has stopped.

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