Have you come across water damage signs on surfaces of your house? Water damage occurs anytime, and the signs may remain unnoticed until extensive damaged has occurred. The effects of water damage do not spare your roof either. Therefore, you need to undertake preventive maintenance to protect your roof from the damage of water. Below are useful tips.
Ensure Good Flow of Storm Water
Storm water can cause damage to your roof if your roof elements remain faulty. They include the roofing material, gutters and downspouts. Usually, rain water carries along leaves and dust particles that can quickly clog the gutters and downspouts. Therefore, perform a roof inspection before the rains to clear the roof of possible obstacles once it rains. Also, ensure the downspouts are well secured and fitted to the gutter system to ensure the free flow of water.
If you notice a pool of water on your roof, it could mean the roof alignment is defective. With time, the stagnant water corrodes the roof surface which could lead to cracks and leakage. This problem is common on flat or low-pitched roofs where the gradient of water flow is reduced.
Replace Missing Shingles
Cracked, missing or bent shingles provide an opportunity for leakage when it rains. If you notice shingle debris in your yard or around the house, it’s possible they have degenerated and need immediate replacement. You can repair a cracked shingle by using a sealant and securing it back to position. In a case where extensive damage has occurred after a storm, contact Ultra Plumbing & Roofing professionals for repairs and restore the roof to perfect condition.
Inspect areas with flashing
Any openings in your roof may contribute to water damage from leakage. These openings include chimneys, air vents, pipes or skylights. With the help of a professional, you can protect such openings by installing flashing. Flashing prevents water penetration into the house by creating a barrier around the roof- opening joint.
However, if the joint metal bends, rusts or loses the seal, it can expose adjacent walls and roof to leaks leading to water damage. You can detect such damage if you see sand or grit in the gutters. Also, ensure your roofer inspects the roof on a regular basis to correct defects and prevent damage.
Check Your Attic Ceiling
You can spot leaks through damage on your attic ceiling. Usually, the signs will manifest as mold buildup, rotting wood, stained boards or discolored sheets and ceiling panels. If you notice these signs contact your roofer immediately to replace parts, prevent further damage, and restore the attic to good condition.
Defective gutters, unsealed joints or missing singles increase the potential of water leakage into your building structure. Regular inspection, timely repairs and renovation can prevent significant damage. Additionally, removing ice dam buildups during winter prevents clogging of gutters and downspouts. Ensure you seek professional help when extensive damage occurs. Also, plan inspection visits with plumbers and roofing specialists to assess the condition of the drainage and roofing system.