There’s no doubt about it – a leaky roof is not only annoying and inconvenient, it can also be very costly and create a lot of damage to both your house and your belongings – and that’s not to mention potential damage to your neighbor’s property if you live in a terraced or semi-detached house.
Unfortunately leaky roofs do occur, and the best way for home owners or occupants to reduce damage, inconvenience and high costs is to be able to spot the signs of a leaky roof and deal with them quickly.
Spotting a leaky roof
The obvious way to spot a leaky roof is by noticing water dripping. Often, however for those people who have an attic, this is too late – it will have already soaked through your attic and into your rooms below. Water coming in through the roof can cause wooden rafters to root, and if your loft is insulated, can cause it to get damp and moldy.
So in order for you spot the tell-tale signs of a leaky roof as early as possible, here are some of them:
- Water dripping
- Water stains on the ceilings
- Water running down the walls
- Extra humidity in the loft
- Extra dampness in the loft
By paying particular attention to these symptoms, as well as checking regularly in your attic – especially after rain, you should be able to spot quickly any problems and resolve them quickly.
Common Leaky Areas
When it comes to leaky roofs there are five most common leaky trouble areas:
- Vent Boot – This is where plumbing pipes pass through the roof. If there are cracks in the flashing or pipes, water can enter your property, or if you have a rubber seal that is beginning to deteriorate or have missing nails. This can be fixed easily once that you have located where the problem is.
- Dormer or Wall Joints – Another common point of entry is where dormer windows or walls join together. Maybe the caulk is old, cracked or missing, for example. This is especially prevalent when there is hard rain. The problem with this is that the water can get in a spread, and it is sometimes difficult to spot the actual place where the water is coming in.
- Flashing – If flashing hasn’t been fitted properly, rusts or a roofer forgets to nail down a particular part; it can channel water directly into your home.
- Holes and cracked tiles – Whether they are left over from satellite dishes or caused by nature, holes and cracked tiles are another common cause for roof leaks. These are easier to spot if you have a loft – just go up during the day and look for sunlight.
- Chimneys – In much the same way as vent boots, water can often get in through flashing and cracked chimneys. These are often divided between semi-detached houses so check that your neighbor doesn’t have any problems.
Once you have figured out where the problem is, you can go on to resolve it. Some repairs are easily done yourself, but in most cases it is advisable to get a company like T4TD Restoration to check it out, and ensure that your roof is ready for what the future brings.