If the weather inside your home a bit frightful? Roof leaks can lead to water damage, mold, and rot. According to the Family Handyman, “even over a short time, small leaks can lead to big problems, such as mold, rotted framing and sheathing, destroyed insulation, and damaged ceilings.” If you find that the rain is coming through your roof, how can you address these roof leaks? Minor leaks can be prevented with some well-placed repairs and pre-planning on your part. These tips will help you address minor roof leaks.
1. Check The Base of Roofing Elements
Your roof is not just a surface with shingles on it. It can be quite complex. For instance, you might have a chimney, a skylight, or vents that come out of your roof. These stick onto or into the roof, and where they are embedded in the roof, it’s possible that they can leak. While they have flashing around them, this flashing can be compromised over time. You need to check these areas of flashing regularly for loose or damaged flashing or problems with the shingles around the flashing. They can be repaired and sealed. However, make sure that you don’t need a roof replacement – if the roof around the chimney has many peeling shingles, for instance, this could signal a need to actually replace the roof rather than replacing or fixing the flashing.
2. Look in the Valleys
If your roof has peaks and valleys, those valleys are prone to collecting water. Water that sits in the valleys can gradually leak in over time, especially if your roof is older and the shingles are a little loose. The key to avoiding these leaks is frequent inspections. Make sure that your valleys are not sagging more and more, carefully remove moss from your roof so that it doesn’t create extra valleys, and check the shingles in places where water can pool.
3. Find Tiny Punctures
If you live in a windy and forested area, chances are you’ve had a branch or two on your roof. This is something to watch for, even if those branches look small. A small branch that makes a direct impact on your roof can lead to a hole that causes leaks down the road. Branches might not cause a direct hole in your roof, but they can shift shingles around and lead to problems later as well. Frequent roof inspections and shingle repairs can help prevent damage from small impacts.
4. Set Up Strong Infrastructure
Your roof’s infrastructure can help you prevent small roof leaks before they begin. Your downspouts and your gutters are the roofing infrastructure that helps you remove water quickly from your roof before it causes problems. If you notice that snow, ice, and water are backing up onto the roof, you might need a gutter cover or gutter heating system. These systems help keep the water flowing off of your roof, even in the winter months. In turn, this prevents leaks that can creep underneath the edges of your roofline and cause problems inside your home.
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