Read this article to find out what to do if you suspect you may have a roof leak. We’ll tell you where to start looking and what you should do if you find a leak.
If you wait until there is a large water stain visible on your ceiling, you have waited much too long to address a roof leak. At this stage, the water has already leaked through your roof, soaked through your insulation and been absorbed through numerous building materials before coming through your ceiling.
Once you have a leak that has made it this far, you likely already face substantial water damage. This damage must be taken seriously, as it poses structural and health risks. The American Lung Association states that damp buildings promote the growth of contaminants, toxins and pests, which can aggravate allergies and asthma symptoms and/or cause a number of other respiratory illnesses.
In order to avoid putting your family and your home at risk, it is recommended that you find and address roof leaks as early as possible. This can be easier said than done, but there are precautions that you can take which include:
When To Start Looking…
The first step is to identify that you have a leak, and locate this problem area.
But how do you even know that you should be looking for a leak?
Any time your area has experienced moderate to severe weather, you must keep an eye out for signs of roof leaks. Even days with high wind speeds can cause enough damage to lead to leaks. It is important to be especially vigilant during the rainy season; and especially for those of us in southern Louisiana – hurricane season.
Where to Start Looking…
When checking for potential roof leaks, you can start with an exterior inspection of your roof, looking for any missing or damaged shingles. These are obvious signs that you may have a leak, or potential leak, on your hands.
Most roof leaks are not always going to be this easy to detect. In many cases, the water may be seeping under the shingles and entering the house from underneath these materials. This is when it is necessary to check for leaks from within your attic space.
Do not base where the roof damage is based on where water stains have appeared on your ceiling. The water could be entering through a leak in the roof, but then running down the slope of the roof, only to enter the ceiling in another area. Wait until it is raining and inspect your attic, looking for the exact entry spot of the water.
What Should You Do If You Find One?
If you have a very small leak, and you spot it quickly, it may be possible to repair the leak using new shingles and/or roofing cement. You must be careful that you patch the entire problem area, or more water is going to be able to seep in and cause additional damage, even after your repair.
Roof leaks are often difficult to repair because the water damage makes a lot of the surrounding roofing materials weak, compromised and in need of replacement. If you are unfamiliar with the signs of water damage, you may accidently overlook a problem area, which can lead to the need for costly repairs in the future.
Because water can cause such incredible damage to your roof and home, while also causing health hazards, it is best to have a qualified roofing contractor assist you with the inspection and repairs. Click here to read more about roof damage repairs. And let’s face it, DIY roof repairs are not for everyone.
Our professional roofers at JOI Roofing will quickly find and repair your roof leak, allowing you to rest easier knowing that the job was completed correctly.