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Columbus Roofing: Article About The Dangers Of Standing Water

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Following several days of rain or a severe storm, people may discover water has pooled on their roof. If the water stays for more than 48 hours, it is considered standing water. Although a little bit of water on a roof may not seem like a big deal, it has the potential to cause major damage.

Flat roofs are more likely to end up with standing water, because they do not have the same steep slope that would normally help propel water off of a roof. However, any roof can accumulate standing water. There are several possible consequences of not having a Columbus roofing service address the causes of standing water: roof leaks, water damage in a home and, in some extreme cases, roof collapse. Standing water may also become a breeding location for mosquitoes.

Roofs are not designed to have water sit on them for extended periods of time. This is normally prevented by designing roofs to be slanted; even flat roofs normally have two to three inches of pitch per foot. Shingles are also designed to repel water, and gutters provide a drainage system for water to safely be diverted away from a roof and a home's foundation.

However, when water stands on a roof, it has time to seep into even the most minuscule of openings in and around shingles.

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If the water is spread across a wide area, it can result in several leaks. Leaks can lead to water damage in a home's structure, and wetness not only reduces insulation's effectiveness but also its R value. Water in a home can also lead to the development of mold which can cause respiratory issues for residents.

Standing water on a roof will often create a situation where more water is able to collect on a roof. This is because water is very heavy. Just a few inches of water spread over several square feet on a roof can weigh hundreds of pounds. This weight causes the roof to sag. Once it sags, even more water can collect on the roof, adding more weight and causing more sagging.

If the problem is not resolved, this cycle can continue until the weight of the water on the roof exceeds the roof's load bearing capacity. This is extremely dangerous and can lead to roof collapse. Therefore, it is important to deal with standing water and its root causes as soon as the problem is identified.

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