A problem that many homeowners will face at some point in their lives is a leaky roof. It can be very expensive to fix a roof leak, especially in an emergency situation when a crew needs to be on the scene immediately. In most cases, homeowners are not trained to fix roofing problems on their own and must rely on experts to help them during an emergency but even experts sometimes have trouble finding and detecting the source of the leak. In many cases, water will enter in one spot and travel to a completely different area making it difficult to find and fix the leak. By taking good care of your roof and following a simple maintenance program, most roof damage can be completely avoided.
Just like you don’t expect a car that never has the oil changed to run you shouldn’t expect your roof to continue to work flawlessly without some sort of maintenance plan.
We recommend that you have a roof inspection conducted regularly to make sure that you don’t run into any emergencies during the next large storm. Here are three common places to check for any damage that could potentially lead to a roof leak.
1. If it sticks out it should be inspected.
Often the areas in most risk for developing problems and causing leaks are parts of the roof that stick out. These parts stop the flow of water and can cause problems. Some common things to look at include:
- Plumbing vents
2. Check your attic.
Sometimes homeowners assume that their roof is the cause of a leak when it’s actually their attic causing the problem. Some common problems stem from improper ventilation, bug infestations, plumbing issues and vent fans. Watch out for the following:
- Algae stains on plywood
- Wet or damp insulation
- Rusted nails
- Are your intake vents clean? Make sure they don’t get clogged with dust, paint or spider webs.
3. Clean your gutters!
Most homeowners are unaware with how important it is to have clean gutters that are properly installed. Gutters are a very important part of your home and simple making sure that they are regularly cleaned and installed properly to drain can go a long way in helping keep your roof safe.
We always recommend that you have a professional company help you with all of these steps. InteriorEra has lots of experience with Emergency Roof Repair in Toronto and can help you detect any potential issues with your roof before it turns into a larger problem. Our team can also provide water leak detection services.