What to Know About Water Damage

Posted on July 9, 2015 in Storm Emergency Service

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Water damage can happen to any home and can be a costly thing to deal with. At P.J. Fitzpatrick, our Pennsylvania roofing company sees many different water damage scenarios on a regular basis, and the worst part about it is that it can be happening without your knowledge.

There are several factors that can cause water damage – some are more obvious (like flooding from severe weather) while others aren’t (like a gap in a window). The most important thing to remember is to be observant. You should inspect your home a regular basis and pay close attention to your basement and foundation as well as your attic and roofing. These areas are the most common areas for water damage.

Water damage can be the result of many different factors, such as:


During the autumn season, falling leaves can build up in the gutter and end up clogging it. This can also happen in the winter time when ice forms or even when birds or squirrels create nests in your gutters. When a gutter clogs, water can’t drain properly from the roof and can sit for long periods of time. When this happens, it can eventually seep into your home and cause damage to your ceilings and/or walls.


When people think of water damage, they often think of roofing. If you have shingles that are broken or missing, they could be allowing water to leak through the roofing structure and into your attic. This type of leak is often hard to notice, since many homeowners don’t visit their attic regularly or think to check their roof. By the time you notice a ceiling stain, it’s likely that the leak has been going on for some time.


One of the more obvious culprits of water damage are old or defective windows. If your windows have gaps in them, they can easily let water in during bad weather and that water can slowly penetrate your walls and flooring (especially if it happens to windows you don’t use often). This can also happen with doors. If your doors are old or defective, their thresholds can get wet and you may not notice the leak until the wooden frame is rotten.


Basements are often subjected to water damage – especially when heavy storms occur that bring lots of precipitation. (Did you know that every year, flooding averages over $3 billion in U.S. claims?) There are a number of reasons your basement could flood, from improper waterproofing to the slope of your lawn to leaky windows. Determining the problem as soon as possible will help prevent long-term damage.

At P.J. Fitzpatrick, our specialists know what to look for when they look for water damage. If you believe your home may be suffering, give us a call and set up an appointment. We’ll have a professional inspect your home and look for key factors that indicate water damage. After that, we’ll get to work to fix the situation and prevent and future occurrences.

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