Thursday, November 16th, 2017 by Seawright Roofing
Roofs take a beating all year round. From rain and wind, to heavy snow and ice, to heat and mold; your roof ages and weakens with time. This can result in leaks, doing hundreds of more dollars’ worth of damage to your home and possessions. Your best chance is to see the signs of roof damage and to stop leaks before they happen. Roof leaks can be hard to spot as water gets under shingles and eats away underneath, making an invisible problem. Water builds up, causing more and more damage so stay vigilant for signs of leakage in your home. The roofing professionals at Seawright Roofing are available to help with any repairs or replacements you might need.
The best way to handle leaks is to stop them before they start. If you are buying a home or have had yours for a while, visually inspect the roof from all angles. You may be able to prevent roof leaks by fixing potential problems now.
Finding a Leak (Before the water hits the floor)
After a moderate to severe storm, whether it be rain, hail, or wind, you should inspect your property for roof damages. Repair any obvious issues.
The most obvious sign of a roof leak (besides a hole in the ceiling or water on the floor) is a stain or a wet spot on your ceiling. But by the time you’ve identified ceiling damage, you’re already hundreds of dollars deep in damages. Wet spots form after a much longer process, starting with harsh weather conditions and shingle damage. The spot is also most likely not at the source of the actual leak. Since most roofs have a slope, water often runs downward and then drips. The source of the leak has yet to be found.
To locate a hard-to-find roof leak, go in the attic with a flashlight during or shortly after a heavy rain, being careful not to step through the ceiling. Inspect all parts of the roof and rafters above the wet spot. Follow any water damage up the walls or rafters to their highest point, this should be the source. Measure down from the roof peak to the highest point of the leak and over from a gable end to the leak. When the roof is dry, go on the roof, and transfer the measurements to the roof, allowing for any overhang on the end of the roof. Examine this space for the source of the leak. If it is not immediately obvious, look further up the roof as it may have trickled down from another point.
Never go up on a wet roof. Please use great caution not to step through ceilings or rotten tiles and when using a ladder. It is always best not to work alone.
Now that you’ve found the leak, the damage can be assessed and repaired. Call Seawright Roofing to fix and replace your damaged roof. Until help arrives, do your best to minimize interior water damage. Move items away from the leak, especially valuables, wood, electronics and absorbent furniture and rugs. Cover things that cannot be moved with plastic or garbage bags. Collect any dripping water to stop it from warping the floor or seeping into carpet. Water leaks may cause paint on the ceiling to bubble or blister. It is better to allow the water to escape and drip down. Puncture a small hole in the paint to let the water out.
Be sure Seawright Roofing is your first call after you discover a leak in your roof. We can get there quickly and repair your roof before too much damage is done. Even if your roof needs replaced, we have great financing options available for any budget. Protect you and your family with a dependable roof, to keep you dry all year long.
Schedule a consultation with us today at 1-803-828-4181.