What do I do if I have a leaky roof?

What do I do if I have a leaky roof?

 

Leaky roofs are not a common occurrence, but when they do happen it can be frustrating. However, they should always be dealt with immediately to avoid further damage to your roof and house.

Leaks in the roof usually come rain that falls through the cracks found in the roof. When it starts to drip between the shingles and into the structure of your house, it might form a puddle of water, which will gradually cause your ceiling to become damp and start leaking. Even when it is not raining, there could still be water dripping from the ceiling due to the excess rainwater from the last time that it rained.

There are a number of reasons why your roof is suddenly leaking:

Damage in your roof’s flashing
Flashing is metal that has been installed on your roof’s joints as a way of waterproofing it. Flashing can be damaged due to extreme weather, or when the nails that are used to keep it in place come off.

Damaged or broken shingles
As shingles are the outermost part of your roof, they could break or fall off due to strong winds and heavy rain. If you fit your roof shingles on the ground, you should call a professional to get them replaced.

Age of the roof
Most roofs are able to able to last for several decades, but if your roof is showing signs of serious deterioration, then it could mean that it has reached its lifespan and needs to be replaced with a new roof.

It should be stressed that roof leakages are problems that you should never ignore. The leaks may occur at sporadic times or only when it rains. This does not mean that you can put it off because they only happen occasionally. Having a leaky roof poses real danger to those living underneath it:

Ceiling and structural damage
If the leak is serious, it will seep into the ceiling and cause the paint to stain. You might find these water stains when it starts to leak water. This damages the ceiling, the adjacent wall, and any electrical appliance connected nearby.

Appearance of mould
Due to the amount of water and moisture that managed to leak into your home from the roof, this cause mould to gradually form and spread from the wet area to other parts of your home. Mould also presents a string of health risks for people who have asthma or allergies.

 

The next time you start to notice some discolouration or stain on your ceilings, or find water dripping from them, immediately suss out the source of the leak. Even if you are able to fix the leak yourself, it is recommended to call a professional waterproofing contractor to get the job done properly and efficiently.