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How To Find A Roof Leak

By on November 27, 2015 in Home Maintainence & Remodeling

Roof leaks are a big concern for homeowners. Water can seep down into a home, ruining furniture, carpeting and more, but this is not the only problem that can come from a leak. To help prevent a leak from ever starting, use these tips. They can help prolong the life of your roofing, as well as keep the inside of your home protected.

Inspect And Repair Your Shingles

The number one way to prevent a leak is to make sure your shingles are in good condition. Shingles that are warped, loose or missing create a way for water to make its way into your house. For the best inspection, climb on top of your house or call a qualified contractor to do it for you. If you find shingles that are damaged, replace them. It is possible to replace just one at a time, which is good news for homeowners who have just a few damaged shingles on an otherwise healthy roof.

Make Sure The Caulking Isn’t Damaged

One place that is susceptible to roof leaks is around vents, pipes, flashing and more. Caulk wears out quickly, which means that it must be replaced often. If it is damaged, it’s possible to simply remove the caulk and then re-caulk the area around the pipe or vent. Look for a caulk that is specially designed for use on roofing materials because caulk that is designed for indoor use may not be strong enough to withstand the outdoor elements.

Clear Away Large Trees Or Debris

If your yard is full of fully-grown trees, your roofing could be susceptible to roof leaks caused by debris. Piles of leaves, heavy branches and more can create a barrier that prevents water from running off the home as it should. The water sits on the shingles and if it’s there too long it eventually makes its way under the shingle into the wooden deck of the roofing system. If the deck becomes waterlogged, it can eventually mold or rot all the way through.

Add Proper Attic Ventilation To Prevent Ice Damming

Ice damming occurs when a home’s attic is too warm during the winter months. The warm air of the attic rises to the top of the home, which causes the ice on the roofing materials to melt. As it melts, water runs down until it is stopped by the ice build up at the roofing overhangs. The blockage stops the water and it sits stagnant until the temperature warms enough to melt it all. Improving the attic’s ventilation can prevent ice dams since the temperature of the attic will be closer to the outside temperature.

Why It is Important To Inspect For Roof Leaks

It is important to inspect for roof leaks because by the time you notice water on your ceiling, it’s mainly too late. Water needs to seep through the shingles, the roofing deck and then the ceiling material and this means the inside of your home could be rotting or full of mold or mildew. Take the time to inspect the outside of your home for roof leaks and you’ll be able to catch the problem before it causes a lot of damage.


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