Dripping sounds in the middle of the night are a thing every homeowner would like to avoid as much as possible. They indicate a leak that’s caused water damage to your insulation. You don’t want to reach such a point when the rains come around.
Here are five quick tips on how regular inspection of your roofing can detect and prevent damage:
#1 Inspect the Attic
One way of detecting a roof leak is by looking into the attic on a rainy day. Take a flashlight with you and inspect the underside of your roofing keenly. Do you see any moist areas? If so, this indicates that your roof is leaking, which is a problem you need to solve fast.
In case of an unfinished attic, exercise extra caution to ensure you don’t fall through your home’s insulation. Step on the floorboards only.
#2 Check the Roof Flashing
Another common source of roof leaks is roof flashing. This can be any metal or even pieces of vinyl that join different parts of your roof. Examples are chimneys, skylights, vents, roof junctions, or intersections between the ceiling and the walls.
Check to ensure those areas are strong, resistant, and tightly fitted. If loose, they can be the channel through which water seeps in between different roof parts into your home. Look out for holes or gaps in the flashing and ensure it’s not bent, damaged, or loose whatsoever.
#3 Look Out for Mold and Water Stains
Pay attention to your ceiling, flooring, or even roofing for any signs of water stains. Take a closer look at the hidden areas or hard-to-reach spaces, such as the garage or behind appliances.
Since mildew and mold thrive in damp and dark places, the presence of mold shows there’s a high chance that your roof is leaking.
#4 Pay Attention to the Roof’s Drip Edge
Your roof’s drip edge doesn’t only add curb appeal to your home, but it also keeps water away from the fascia and off the roof.
During your inspection, check for any damages and, more importantly, any missing drip edges.
A missing drip edge leaves a gap between the roof deck and the fascia, and this could be a water entry point. Subsequently, the water will cause the wood to rot and then reach the ceilings and the interior walls.
#5 Check Your Gutter System
Gutters and downspouts play a key role in preventing roof leaks and water damage. Make them a part of your regular roof inspection routine. Have them cleaned at least twice a year to remove clogs caused by leaves, dirt, pine needles, twigs, branches, or any other debris.
Remember, gutters are responsible for roof drainage, as they direct water away from the house and the roof. You wouldn’t want them to clog because the water will pool and leak into your ceilings and walls, causing water damage.
Need Help Finding a Roof Leak?
If you suspect any roof leak and water damage, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our professionals will arrive promptly, go up the roof, detect any roof leak, and make any necessary repairs.