Leaks of numerous types will occur during the lifetime of a structure. High winds and heavy rains can often damage asphalt shingles, causing leaks. From piping to weather, water can cause significant damage that is often inconspicuous and unnoticed until some problem arises. Water spots are the number one indicator of roof damage, but how do you tell where the leak is coming from and how much of the roof needs to be repaired?
The location of the water spot does not always indicate the location of the roof damage. We normally crawl up in the attic and look at your rafters for water stains to determine where the leak is coming from. Then we get up on the roof at the same location assess the damage. Most water leaks occur in a valley (where two parts of the roof meet) or a skylight though missing shingles can occur anywhere on the roof after a storm. Once the damage is found, we will replace the moisture guard, flashing, and shingles only where necessary. Just because you have a leak doesn’t mean you need an entirely new roof.
Tips For Dealing With A Leaky Roof
A leaking roof can cause extensive water damage if not identified early enough and repairs are undertaken. Roof leaks can be caused by various factors such as aging of the roof, cracked roof vents, the buildup of debris on the roof, the flashing sliding out of place and clogged gutters among others. Identifying a leak is not always an easy task. However, it is much better to identify the leak early enough when it can still be repaired. Here are ways in which you can identify a leaky roof:
Shingles prevent water, debris and hail from causing damage to the roof. A missing shingle could lead to a leak at that particular point. Engage the services of a qualified technician as soon as you notice that one or two shingles are missing.
Periodically check the attic during rain to see if there are any leaks. You can also shine a flashlight towards the roof during a storm to check for any leaks. If you notice any water drips, you probably have a leaking roof. Sometimes, you notice wet patches on the floor at particular points when it is raining.
Roof leaks sometimes leave spots or stains on the walls and the ceilings. Call us to conduct a thorough inspection of the roof as soon as you notice water stains. If left for long, the stains could force you to also replace your ceilings or repaint your walls.
Growth of mold
Mold mostly develop from an accumulation of moisture at a given point. The growth of molds on the walls or inside the roof could be a sign of a leaking roof. Molds can also be a health hazard so you should consider fixing the leak as soon as you can.
Poorly fitted skylights
Skylights add to the appeal of the house. However, they can be the source of the leak if they are not properly fitted or have cracked over time. Always ensure that your skylights are installed by experienced construction experts. As soon as you notice a leak, always try and minimize the damage especially if it’s during a rainstorm. Move your furniture and other valuables away from the leak and try to contain the water drips. Place a container at the point where the water drops. Immediately after the rain stops, take out any wet furniture and carpets to dry. This will help keep them from getting damaged or rotten.
In the event of extensive roof damage, it is advisable to call a professional roof fixing company and have them handle the work. Doing the repairs yourself could only worsen the situation. We are only a call away from you. We are a licensed expert roofing company.