We’ll cut right to the chase: when it comes to leaky roofs, whether it’s a big leak or a small leak, it’s critical. Unfortunately, many homeowners think that just a little bit of water is not an emergency, but the truth is even a little bit of water can cause a lot of damage. So, if you’ve been living with obvious signs of leaking such as “rustic wall stains” or if you’ve repurposed all your large cooking pots as living room rain catchers, you have a roofing emergency on your hands. In fact, when left unchecked, water cause significant damage to your home’s interior.
Common Leak Causes
If you notice your roof is leaking, it’s important to identify the cause in order to prevent further damage. Here’s a few of the most common causes of roof leak:
- Older Roofing Materials. Over time roofs take a beating, and after years of weathering high winds, fluctuating temperatures, and storms, it could be that your roof has decided to call it quits. Typically a leaky roof happens due to age or if the roof has had to withstand multiple storms. If the leak is coming from the roof you’ll need to call a roofing contractor to determine if you need a partial replacement or if the entire roof needs to be redone.
- Missing or Broken Shingles. Missing shingles or roof shingles which have cracked, curled begun to lose their protective surface can lead to a roof leak. While roofing material is made to expand and contract with temperature fluctuations, roof leaks can occur if gaps or missing shingles aren’t replaced.
- Clogged Gutters. When debris such as sticks, leaves, and other yard waste builds up or gets stuck in the gutters, moisture isn’t able to drain properly which can lead to wall moisture damage or rain penetration.
- Damaged Flashing & Roof Vents. While roof flashing directs water away from important parts of the roof, roof vents are essential for letting heat and moisture escape from your attic. Both can lead to a large leak if either are damaged or sealed improperly. It’s important to make a habit of checking vents and flashing.
- Condensation. Because of temperature fluctuations, condensation can collect in your attic, occasionally causing mold growth which can infiltrate roofing systems and can lead to roof damage, and ultimately a roof leak.
- Poorly Installed Skylights. While skylights can be a wonderful way to add natural light into your home, they tend to be one of the top leaky roof offenders. If left unchecked they can cause massive internal roof damage. To prevent needing a roof leak repair, make sure your skylights are installed properly.
How to Prevent Roof Leaks
When it comes to roof leaks, damage control is a must! Here’s a handy preventative maintenance checklist:
- Remove debris from gutters and the roof surface
- Maintain flashing, joints, and other roofing materials
- Repair roof coatings as needed
- Regularly inspect your roof for penetration/damage
- Keep an eye out for caulking or sealing issues
- Fix potential issues such as a leaky pipe, or anything that may cause water damage
Emergency Roof Leak Repair
In general, most leaks will require you to schedule prompt repairs. But if you notice multiple leak spots, immense external roof damage, structural damage or water damage on internal ceilings, you’ll need to get a professional roofer out ASAP.
And while we have your attention, an important PSA:
There’s a lot you can do on your own to mitigate damage, but it’s best to contact a professional to repair the leak itself — especially in the case of a major emergency. Attempting to make the repairs yourself can lead to serious injuries, further leaking, and interior damage.
Have a storm weakened roof or a roof in need of emergency restoration? Christian Roofing Inc. has you covered. They provide emergency roofing services along with a wide range of other roofing needs. Call today to schedule your repair appointment!
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