Goose Creek Roofing: Article About Preventing Roof Leaks
Many consider a roof leak to be a homeowner's worst nightmare and for good reason. A serious leak can cause damage to belongings inside a home as well as the need for substantial repair on the roof, in the attic and even in the interior of the home. The good news is that most leaks occur due to a gradual decline in the condition of the roof, which means that most leaks are preventable by knowing the warning signs and through proper maintenance.
Some homeowners never consider calling a Goose Creek roofing company for help until a problem occurs, and that is a mistake. HVAC companies provide service contracts through which they monitor the condition of an HVAC system and perform the necessary maintenance and minor repairs. Roofing companies provide similar services or can be called out for an inspection on an on demand basis. During these inspections, roofers can identify the indications of potential trouble.
Homeowners do not have to rely on just an annual or biannual professional inspection. They can also perform their own inspections. Getting on the roof is not a requirement either. A person can perform an inspection of a roof from a ladder while cleaning the gutters or from the ground using a pair of binoculars. Ideally, homeowners should perform such an inspection once a month or immediately following any severe weather, including strong winds, hail or ice on the roof.
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Perhaps the biggest mistake the average homeowner makes is procrastination. A single torn or missing shingle may not seem like an emergency, but it is a pressing issue. Once moisture from rainfall or condensation has access to the underlayment, it can cause substantial damage in a hurry. Another aspect that homeowners often overlook is flashing. Flashing should be replaced as soon as it shows signs of wear, including rust. Two problem areas with flashing that often go unnoticed are sealant around flashing that has peeled back or disintegrated and roof boots that have begun to dry rot.
Warning signs and indication of damage can occur inside a home as well. In fact, if a minor leak is occurring, then the attic is the area where an indication of this is likely to be visible first. Therefore, it is good practice to perform a regular attic inspection using a flashlight. Check all wood for signs of water damage or mold and mildew, and examine for any signs of moisture throughout the attic. Keep in mind, however, that attic moisture may be an indication of a ventilation problem rather than a leak.