Most consider the month of July and August the rainiest time of the year. While it typically rains more frequently in August, many homeowners get the unpleasant surprise of a leaky roof.
No matter how small it may be, a leaky roof can be a serious problem and cause significant damage to your home. It’s important to act quickly and ensure the issue is properly taken care of. In this blog, we’ll walk you through a few important steps to solving your home’s roof leak and what you can do to prevent it from happening again.
MINIMIZE INTERIOR DAMAGE.
Once you spot a leak, quickly remove any items near the drip. Place a tarp over your home goods for protection. If the water is making your ceiling’s paint bubble, puncture the spot with a small pin. This will help ensure the water is able to escape and can slightly lessen the damage to your paint and ceiling.
IDENTIFY WHERE THE LEAK IS COMING FROM.
Determining exactly where the leak originated can be difficult, and is typically a process of elimination. The exterior’s damage often doesn’t match the location of the interior leak. Consider the slope of your roof. The water may run down the roof’s interior, falling away from the water’s origin.
TIPS TO IDENTIFY THE LEAK MORE EASILY:
Start with the attic ( space found directly below the pitched roof of a house or other building). Be sure to bring a flashlight, this can help you see the water’s reflection.
- While in the attic, look for light shining through the ceiling.
- If it’s not raining outside, bring a hose onto the roof. Ask a helper to go in the attic and keep an eye out for drips. Be very careful; wet roofs tend to be very slippery.
- Search for cracked shingles.
- When on the roof, pay close attention to any location where two materials meet, such as the siding and flashing.
- Examine your vent pipes for rust, cracks or broken seals.
- Ensure your gutters are clear of debris.
DON’T WAIT TO FIX THE LEAKY ROOF.
The longer you wait to get the problem repaired, the more damage the water will cause. Even if the water isn’t consistent, and only happens during heavy rain, there is likely damage occurring that you cannot see.
DETERMINE IF YOU CAN MAKE THE REPAIRS YOURSELF.
Don’t make this decision lightly. We recommend getting a professional’s opinion, such as a home inspector or contractor. Though YouTube videos may make it look very simple, the necessary repairs may be more extensive than you think. Quick patch jobs don’t always take care of the entire problem and result in more money and frustration later.
IF NECESSARY, CALL A PROFESSIONAL.
The contractor that you hire to make the roof repairs should specialise in this service. Many roof leaks are actually caused by faulty work done by a Roof expert who did a lacklustre job or didn’t invest in the right materials.
PREVENT FUTURE WATER PROBLEMS.
You should inspect your roof annually for damaged or worn shingles. Even if they haven’t caused a leak yet, proactively taking care of these concerns can save you hassle later. In fact, Home Builders recommend that homeowners get roofs professionally inspected every three years.
Also, it’s important to regularly clean your gutters. Be sure nearby trees are always well maintained and don’t have any dead branches on them.