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How water damage affects your home’s structural integrity

Exteriors

Some parts of the country have experienced damaging heavy rains and sporadic thunderstorms lately. Even the mostly sunny Virginia Beach is not spared as the past few weeks proved to be soggy.
 


Nonetheless, weather forecasts for coming weeks look promising as the sun is said to be making its presence felt.

The promise of a much fairer weather should prompt the homeowners to take advantage of the sunny climate and inspect their houses for any indication of water damage. Old houses, in particular, are more prone to damage as water can easily seep and saturate the home’s ceiling, walls, columns, and even the foundation. Consequently, it can affect the overall structural integrity of your house as what happened to this apartment complex in Norfolk:

Officials condemned an eight-unit apartment building on Willoughby Spit Saturday morning after they determined that water damage from rain made it uninhabitable.

A fire department spokesman said fire units were called out to the building in the 1200 block of Little Bay Avenue after part of the roof collapsed.

After assessing the damage, crews called building officials who made the decision to condemn the apartments.

The building was in the process of having the roof repaired. Areas of it were open Thursday when storms approached. Work crews covered the exposed areas of the roof with tarps in an effort to keep water out. Friday into Saturday more rain moved through Norfolk. Water got into the building, causing drywall to become saturated and give way.

If you don’t want to lose your home, you should start going around your house and look for the obvious signs such as water stains on walls, beams, columns, and ceiling as these are indications of water damage. If you spot any one of these, contact roofing contractors in Hampton Roads to help you assess for possible leaks in your roofing.

Depending on your roof’s condition, you can either replace the entire roofing or you can just have some parts repaired. Of course, you should be prepared for the cost involved but, which you should also discuss with your contractor, along with your options – all in the best interest of giving your family the comfort and safety they need.

Among the roofing contractors in Virginia Beach, you can rely on The Roofing & Remodeling Company. We provide high-quality roofing at a reasonable price. Our professional roofers are trained to install and repair roofs using the latest techniques in the industry. Just give us a call and we’ll schedule a free estimate.

(Article Excerpt from Water damage leads to condemnation of apartment building, displaces tenants, wvec.com, June 21, 2014)

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