Growing up in a house full of girls, I unofficially took on the role as my father's only son. So when the time came to fix a leaky sink or change the oil in the family car, it was me that stood by my father's side. Thanks to him and everything he taught me, I am now able to take care of myself and my children in a way that not everyone can. I have tried over the years to engage my own daughter in the same way my father engaged me, but she's currently more interested in playing with dolls than fixing potholes. After my father passed away last year, I vowed to find a way to pass on everything he taught me, this blog is my way of keeping that promise. I truly hope that you learn as much as I have over the years.
Vinyl and other types of siding can absolutely turn a standard home into the best looking one on the block. Siding also serves another critical purpose: siding protects the wooden frames inside the walls from being damaged. Siding does this by keeping water out. Homeowners do need to be aware siding can leak just like a roof or ceiling. The serious drawback with damaged sidings is not always easy to detect since drywall and insulation may be hiding the water. Not picking up on the leak when it first occurs means water is going to continue to run through the siding and cause trouble. Being on top of potential siding leaks and being aware of signs of a leak are necessary for taking action to request a proper fix.
A Major Siding Leak Factor
Knowing the number one way water gets through siding is necessary for understanding when something is wrong. Heavy winds may bring water through imperfections in siding since the winds may blow rainwater sideways. Strong winds pressing against the side of a house might also loosen the siding and create gaps. All of this may go unnoticed even though an inspection may be performed on a house after a major storm. The issue is overlooked because the roof ends up being the only part of the exterior examined or fixed. As a rule, whenever roof repairs or inspections are done, have the contractor check the siding for damage. Otherwise, the slow leak of water into the home is probably going to cause severe damage.
Signs of a Mysterious Leak
The slow and steady collection and dripping of water from a siding leak is sure to leave subtle signs. A few signs to look for include:
A damp floor may seem oddly out of place when no water is leaking from overhead. Is the damp floor near the wall? If so, then the leak may not be coming from overhead. The water may be traveling sideways and dripping down from the interior wall frame.
The yellow-ish mark of water damage may show up in a very odd spot: the corner of the ceiling on the first floor. Again, water may be running down the side and collecting in corners. Peeling and bubbling ceiling paint and drywall likely will accompany the leaking.
When the sheet rock (drywall) on a wall is breaking up in one spot -- a spot far away from plumbing lines -- this is another sign water may be leaking sideways. Fixing it quickly is necessary because mold growth is sure to follow.
Get the siding work repaired without delay. Otherwise a lot more work may end up needing to be performed.
For more information, you will want to speak with a company such as Professional Home Improvement Inc.