One of the most common problems that the homeowners face is a leaky roof. A roof leak can give rise to many new problems like, it can damage the interiors of the home, walls. It can also give rise to molds and mildew. So, it becomes essential to locate these problem areas and repair them or get them repaired.
The very first step after you see a roof leak is to identify the its source. You can easily repair roof leaks without spending too much money and time. Do not create panic and act wisely in any such situation. The most probable places for a roof leak are : fields of shingles, valleys or low spots in the roof, skylights, chimneys, plumbing vent flashings, wall step flashings, furnace or B-vent flashings, ice dams, missing shingles.
The very common symptom of a roof leak is the presence of wet ceiling tiles. It is not necessary that the leak point and the leak source both will be at the same place. There can be some distance between them. Just trace the leak backward to its source.
Once you have identified a leak, make sure that you clear the place below the leak by removing all the materials, like any electronic equipments(such as TV and computer) or the furniture etc.
At times it can be difficult to find the source of the leak. In such cases you might have to remove the top layer of the tiles in order to get there.
If the source of the leak turns out to be as simple as a missing block of shingles due to a recent windstorm, the solution may be as simple as replacing those missing shingles.
If the cause is more complex, it may be necessary to consult a roofing professional to check the roof. This will help to ensure that no more damage takes place, and it is important to act quickly when it comes to a leaking roof.
It is very important to take good care of your roof as it is the most important aspect of your home. It is always advisable to get your roofs inspected regularly, specially after a heavy storm. Also make sure to keep your roof clean specially the gutters as these can also cause damage to the roof.
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