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Although water is one of the most important elements on Earth, it can also be one of the most destructive. If moisture is allowed to seep into a home, it can cause damage to everything from shingles on the roof to the home's foundation. Therefore, it is important to make sure that water is not allowed to collect in gutters or become trapped in downspouts. What are some effective ways to prevent water damage?

One of the best ways a homeowner can prevent water damage is to call a Gaithersburg roofing professional as soon as water damage is suspected. A professional can inspect the roof as well as look for signs of damage to gutters or downspouts. Once it has been determined that shingles or other parts of the roof need to be repaired or replaced, work can begin right away to ensure that the problem doesn't get any worse.

Prior to calling a professional for an inspection, there are ways that a homeowner can tell whether or not water damage may be an issue. During the colder winter months, icicles may form on the gutters or off the roof itself. This is a sign that damming has occurred, which means that the water is freezing in the gutters and not going anywhere. Over time, the water will stop flowing off the roof and will instead seep into the home.

The roofing experts at Seneca Creek Home Improvement of Gaithersburg MD can assist you with any questions regarding roofing, doors or windows.

If damming is severe enough, homeowners may notice that water starts dripping inside the home. Interior walls may also become stained or carpeting may become damp when it shouldn't be. Homeowners who notice yellow staining or other discolorations on siding or the outside of windows may also be experiencing water damage.

Another sign that damage may be occurring is the presence of mold. Mold thrives in moist conditions and can spread easily if the moisture is not taken care of. While mold can form during any part of the year, it tends to be a bigger problem in the spring and summer when the air humid. When taken care of quickly, mold may not be a health hazard, but it can be if not taken care of quickly or if black mold enters the home.

If water damage is taken care of in a timely manner, it may be possible to fix the problem simply by replacing shingles or portions of a roof. However, if left unchecked for months or years, it could require a homeowner to purchase an entire roof as well as take care of any damage that was caused inside of the home.

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