Water Damage Due to Siding Issues
Your home takes quite a beating during the rainy season. Siding’s purpose is to protect the exterior walls of your home, meaning it is supposed to prevent the elements from getting through to the inside of your home. Functional siding is important for the health of your home.
Protect Your Interior with Your Exterior.
If your siding is old or damaged it may not being doing its job of properly protecting your home. Damage to the siding could lead to moisture entering your home causing water damage, mold and/or structural damage.
Wind and hail are the most common culprits to cause damage to siding. While siding may look okay by putting pressure on certain areas you may find them to crumble revealing extensive issues. When water and moisture get into the siding it can cause water spots, discoloration and pests. Mold and mildew can also be a health risk and costly result from leaking of water finding its way into the interior of your home.
Here’s What to Look For:
- Frequent painting – if home looks like it needs a new paint job every 4-6 years that is a good indicator that something is wrong with the siding and it needs to be replaced.
- High Heating and Cooling Bills – this is an indication that something is wrong with the home’s exterior wall insulation since air is escaping out.
- Rotting or Warping – usually you can see these issues during a visual inspection. *Poke under warped siding to see how solid the under layer is and check for mold or rot*
- Cracked or Loose – it is easy to replace one or two boards after a storm, but make sure to inspect the underneath for other damage, if left untreated it can lead to water and structural damage.
- Peeling Paint or Loose Wallpaper inside – this can be signs of bad siding allowing moisture into the home through the wallboard.
- Fungus, Mold, or Mildew –these are a sign indicating that water is penetrating the siding and being held inside the wall causing growth which can lead to extensive damage.
- Faded Siding – the color is designed to last as long as the siding is rated to be functional. This usually indicates the waterproofing ability of siding has come to the end of its life.
- Bubbles – if these are present just under the surface it is time to replace the siding because it is a sign that water has become trapped.
- Holes in the Siding – these are usually caused by insects but can cause a lot of trouble with rain, sleet, snow, etc. leading to water damage.
- Dry Rot – Tapping on siding will reveal soft spots that indicate dry rot. This is dangerous because it is the under layers that are affected leaving the top layer that we see intact and looking functional.
Reliable Restoration is Always Here.
Rainy season will bring damage no matter how you prepare, make sure you are inspecting your siding frequently to catch the damage before it gets too costly. If water damage occurs to your home, call Reliable Restoration. We provide 24/7/365 disaster restoration services specializing in water damage restoration. Visit us at: www.choosereliable.com or contact us at: (678) 325-1633. Remember at Reliable Restoration, your family is our family.