When you’ve got a water leak in your roof, it’s usually pretty obvious. Once that moisture seeps into your ceiling, it can quickly create discoloration and bulging or even cause the ceiling to fail. However, siding leaks are a little different.
They’re frequently not even noticed until the moisture that’s seeped into your home has caused extensive damage to your walls, floors, insulation, and even the structural integrity of your home. Too often, moisture can get inside your walls where it slowly degrades the building materials and leads to mold growth while remaining undetectable from the inside of your home.
In this post from The Construction Group in Minnesota, we’re breaking down some of the signs you can watch out for to identify water-damaged siding as well as solutions to help. To get a quote on siding repair services for your home, give us a call today.
Understanding Water Damage and Siding
One of the most common misconceptions homeowners can make is that waterproof vinyl siding makes a home invulnerable to water damage. Although vinyl siding is incredibly durable, it can become damaged, leading to water getting trapped behind it and causing problems inside the walls.
These are some of the most common causes of water-damaged siding:
● Ice dams
● Poorly sealed windows and doors
● Clogged gutters
● Aging siding
● Looks siding joints due to poor installation practices
Once water gets under your siding, it can become trapped there. Inside your walls, mold can begin to grow unchecked, leading to often serious health problems for anyone living in the home. This moisture can also cause insulation to erode, damage the home’s interior walls, damage the foundation, or cause the wood inside your walls to rot.
Signs of Water Damage
It’s a good idea to check the condition of your siding and walls as part of your annual spring or fall home maintenance. Look for these signs that you’ve got water damage from leaky siding:
● Window condensation
● Stains on walls
● Foundation damage or stains
● Mildew smell in your home
● Visible gaps in your siding
● Obvious signs of mold growth
Prevent Future Siding Leaks
Once you’ve identified a siding leak, before you do anything else, you need to call in a professional exterior remodeling service to repair the leak and any damage to your home. Your contractor should also check for signs that your home requires mold remediation services as mold spores can grow even after the repair is completed.
Next, you’ll need to take certain steps to prevent water damage from returning. Prioritize regular siding inspections and make sure your door and window flashing looks good at the same time. Additionally, make sure your gutters are in good working condition and directing water effectively away from your home. Finally, be sure to keep your gutters free of clogs by cleaning them regularly or installing gutter guards.
Get Your Water-Damaged Siding Repair Services
Don’t take a chance by letting water damage worsen over time. Instead, call The Construction Group at 651-731-5857 or contact us online to schedule your siding and gutter inspection today.