A roof leak can be a minor inconvenience or a major disaster. Even a small one can lead to more serious consequences if it is not repaired properly. The water that enters through the roof can lead to a multitude of problems ranging from structural damage to dangerous mold growth inside the walls. Correcting structural problems and mold problems can be very expensive. Some homeowners attempt to repair the roof on their own. This sometimes works for a temporary repair, but the smarter path is to hire a professional. You will save a lot of money and grief in the long run.
Climbing around on a roof can be hazardous without the proper training and equipment. Locating the actual source of a leak can be very difficult. Water travels down various pathways once it gets into a roof. Where the water is dripping inside the home rarely matches up with where it enters on the outside of the home. Finding the source of a leak can be very frustrating and, in fact, there may be multiple sources.
Hiring a professional will save a lot of time and hassle. A professional has the background and expertise to locate the problem and make the proper repair. A seasoned professional has dealt with almost every type of leak. A homeowner usually starts from scratch when he is trying to find where water is entering the home. A professional usually knows the most likely spots to look. A seasoned professional will find the leak through a strategic process of elimination. He is aware of all the possible factors involved. It is a good idea, however, to make sure the roof is the culprit before hiring a professional.
- 1. It is easier to locate the problem on a rainy day. This provides an opportunity to visually identify the source of the problem. Another option is to saturate the suspected area of the roof with water from a garden hose.
- 2. Inspect the shingles, gutters, and roofing. Any of these may be the source of the problem. If the gutters are full of leaves and debris or if the gutters are in poor condition, this could cause water to enter into the home. If shingles are missing of the roofing or if the shingles are in poor condition, this may be the source as well. The roof itself may be damaged. Look for tiny holes, crevices or punctures in the roofing. A raccoon or squirrel may have built a shelter in the roof or attic.
- 3. Make sure that the water is not being caused by something inside the home such as plumbing, air conditioners, or condensation.
- 4. Call a professional roofing contractor. If the problem is related to the roofing, a professional contractor is the best option. He will have the knowledge, expertise, equipment and tools to properly repair the problem. You can rest assured that your roof will be secure the next time it rains.