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How to deal with roof leaks?
Over the course of the years, it’s relatively normal for your roof to suffer a certain degree of damage. With that being said, it’s also logical to work on preventing any kind of damage possible, since it necessarily leads to higher costs, which should be avoided if possible. One of the most common problems a homeowner has to face during its long years of ownership is the leaking. Continue reading to find some helpful tips on how to deal with leaking effectively.
After being used for many years, some of the aspects of your roof will slowly begin to deteriorate, which is normal and should be expected. There are many issues that can lead to leaking problems. One of the main causes of leaking are usually broken shingles. Acting as the first line of defense, they are the shield guarding you and your roof from any possible damage that may occur over the course of the years. The damage done to a shingle doesn’t have to be something huge. Actually it can even be a small, tiny hole that is causing your problem. Nevertheless, a passageway is a passageway, and if ignored even minor holes can lead to some big problems in the future.
You should check your roof at least twice a year. But you can always check for any telltale signs of leaking, without having to go the extra mile. When lounging around your living room, check the ceiling for any signs of dark spotting.
There are many ways to deal with the damage that’s already been done to your roof. But don’t worry, there are many licensed contractors out there whom you can entrust your roof, without having to worry about the quality.
Before making any decision, you should trace the source of your leak. Sometimes it can be rather obvious, while in other situations it will be hidden somewhere beneath the shingles. Start by removing any shingles that surround the problematic area. When removed, check for signs of rotten wood, dark stains or water in general. If that proves to be ineffective, remove the shingles sitting above the ones you’ve already removed. The effects of gravity should always be considered. If you’re still having problems with tracing the source of your leak, do a water testing. Simply grab a nearby hose and spray the roof. You should be doing it so lightly so that you can effectively observe the flow and intensity of the leak, and successfully locate the problem.
One of the most popular solutions when it comes to dealing with small holes and passageways is to place a thin sheet of metal above the hole. This is actually a temporary solution, it’s still advised to consult with an expert before doing anything on your own. They aren’t called experts for no reason. Call your licensed contractor and have him give you an estimate.
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