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How Is Flooding Happening in the Attic of My San Jose Home?

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

Attic with flood water After your home suffers flood damage, you need a team of professionals to assist you with cleanup. Call SERVPRO right away! We are always available.

Our SERVPRO team can help to identify penetration points for flooding and work to repair and restore the damage that water has caused. 

Flooding might not always be as apparent as many San Jose homeowners. In some situations, it could take days or even weeks to begin to see the effects of flooding in areas of your house where there is little to no foot traffic. For example, when you do not have a finished attic, a structural compromise that leads to flooding in this area of your house could go unnoticed until the effects migrate to the floors below. 

When it comes to flood damage in San Jose homes that you might not initially recognize, the effects could be destructive. From structural deterioration to migrating moisture concerns through other areas of the residence, our SERVPRO professionals must carefully determine the presence of water and the best approaches to remove it efficiently. You cannot get our experienced assistance without first recognizing a potential problem, however. 

How Do I Know I Have a Problem? 

Recognizing water damage after a storm is not always straightforward. While some flooding scenarios can affect the main floor and crawlspace of your residence, other flooding conditions are more challenging to diagnose. After a severe weather event, it is wise to attempt to inspect areas like the attic when possible for apparent damage. If you cannot do this, some indicators can appear within the days following water damage, including:

  • Damp Surfaces – ceiling tiles and drywall can often be a reliable indicator that a problem exists in the area above by wet spots and dampness to the material. As this condition worsens, it can develop into other conditions like a persistent leak. 
  • Leak in the Ceiling – a steady drip or trickling from the ceiling structural materials can indicate substantial saturation and continued water exposure. This would mean a roof breach and widespread water damage in the space between the roof and the living area. 
  • Sagging Ceiling Materials – Oversaturated ceiling drywall can sag when exposed to higher volumes of migrating water on a prolonged basis. Sagging materials can be a threat to those in the area, so these affected areas must get addressed by our professionals when we first arrive. 
  • Water Staining – A yellow, orange, or red hue can often indicate a persistent water leak in a specific area of your home. Water staining can report a much larger problem beyond the surface. 

How Can SERVPRO Help Immediately? 

There are several strategies for our SERVPRO team when we arrive that can begin right away. Many of our emergency services can often occur before job scoping or mitigation, making them among the most valuable efforts that we conduct to prevent the continued damage to the property. While what a home needs after a flood can vary from one situation to the next, there are specific restorative tasks that can typically occur when attic flood damage exists. These services include the following:

  • Board Up – When structural openings exist like broken windows or missing siding around the attic, wind-driven rain and other precipitation concerns can damage the inside of the house. Our contractors can seal up any openings.
  • Tarping – Roof damages from collapses to missing shingles can allow runoff and direct rainfall into the property, so tarping over these compromised areas prevents further penetration. 
  • Extraction – If standing water exists in this area of your home, it is only a matter of time before water migration brings damage to your living space. Extracting surface water can prevent much of this migration and allow for more efficient drying afterward.
  • Content Management – Many use their attic as a storage space for things that rarely get used throughout the year, such as their Christmas ornaments and keepsakes from the children growing up. Because these stored belongings have sentimental value, content management is critical when our team arrives. We can relocate and restore affected items in the attic with on-site and off-site solutions. 

What Tools Can Dry My Water-Damaged Attic? 

Whether your attic is finished or not, there are specific drying tools and approaches that are the best for this space. Between removing trapped water in the exposed materials and reducing moisture content in the environment, there are several strategies that our team uses to accomplish this:

Flood damages can have a disastrous effect on your home, so the sooner that our SERVPRO of Campbell team can respond the better protected the residence is from harm. We have skilled technicians and advanced tools to help get your attic and connected spaces back to preloss condition. Give us a call anytime at (408) 371-4001.