Protecting your home from the elements is one of the most important things you can do to ensure the longevity of the structure. Keeping the rain at bay is one of the easiest and most effective ways to accomplish this. When rain penetrates the home, it seeps into the structure and causes major damage. This is why reinforcing your roof is an important part of preventing leakages.
Check the Flashing
The most common roof leaks occur around roof penetrations like a chimney, plumbing stack, or exhaust vent. You can easily observe the flashing around these penetrations from the ground on most roofs. You should be checking to see that the flashing is tightly sealed around the penetration and tucks snuggly underneath the roofing material. Oftentimes, flashing comes loose from chimneys and stacks because of poor installation, extreme temperatures, or aging. If you’re unsure about the state of your flashing, or you can’t get a good look at the penetrations, look for a roofing service like Schultz Roofing & Repairs, LLC. Make sure to always work with highly trained roofers who can inspect your roof safely and efficiently.
Find the Source
By the time you see a leak inside your home, the rain may have already caused considerable damage. Because water flows to the path of least resistance, the place where water is dripping in your house may be far away from the actual source. The best way to discover the source of a leak is to get into the unfinished attic. Here you will see the decking that supports the roof covering. Look at the decking and the rafters for signs of moisture. Check areas that are vulnerable to leaks like the ridge of the roof, roof penetrations, and the gaps between the decking.
Tracking down a leak can be tricky. Take lots of pictures of the outside of the roof and the unfinished space beneath the roof. Match them up and choose an area that seems likely to be the culprit. For instance, A raised shingle on the roof may coincide with a darker area of the decking inside. Pay attention to the areas above the leak in the house, but understand that the water could be traveling along a pipe, stud, or even wiring to reach its final destination. If you are still unsure about your roof’s integrity, it’s time to call an experienced roofer.