HAVING A LEAKY ROOF OVER YOUR HEAD

We all know the importance of a well functioning roof.  After all, what’s the point of “having a roof over your head” if it’s leaking and damaging the rest of your house.  Today’s blog will focus on pinpointing the starting point of a leak to avoid further damages.

Leaking roofs are one of the most common problems that are found on houses.  Improper installation of a single piece of shingle can compromise the system and allow water to enter the house.  Also to include, valley flashings, vents, pipes, chimneys, satellites… These are all things found on a roof that can disrupt the integrity of the system and, if not done properly, will allow for leaks. 

All this to say… A roof system can go south very easily if not done properly.  So what can you do as a homeowner?  Well first of all, spotting a roof leak once the damage is done is fairly easy.  Yellow stains on your ceiling, sent of moist in the air are good signs of leakage.  To pinpoint where it’s coming from, you can do a number of things.  First of all, take a quick walk around your house and examine the roof.  Notice if any shingles aren’t sitting properly, if the flashing seems to be installed in a proper way to redirect water flow… things like that.  Look for anything that seems out of place. 

If clues are found, that should be your starting point when looing in the attic.  Wait for a rainy day so you may see the water drainage in action.  Your problematic areas will most often be the source of entry for water.  So when examining these places from the attic, follow the water to its end in order to find as many damages areas as possible.  From there, once the cause has been found, it’s a matter of patching the problem, or completely replacing depending on the severity of things.

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