Preparing For Spring Rains: Prevent Water Damage By Inspecting Your Roof

damaged roof shinglesAn effective strategy to prevent water damage inside the house begins up on the roof. Exposed to all weather extremes, especially heavy spring and summer rains, a compromised roof structure is the first step in a sequence that leads to water infiltration into the attic and, finally, into living spaces below. Here’s a primer on inspecting the roof to prevent water damage before it becomes a major and costly issue.

Always take appropriate safety measures when accessing the roof. Don’t attempt it if the roof setting appears dangerous or you’re not confident that it can be safely inspected.

  • Assess the shingles. Look for shingles that are buckling, cracked or curled. These will allow water to seep into joints between sub-roofing sheets and eventually drip down into the attic. Also, look for algae or mold growing on shingles, particularly in shaded areas of the roof. This growth may deteriorate shingle materials and, over time, result in leakage.
  • Look for damaged flashing. Metal flashing installed around vent pipes, the chimney and other roof openings may loosen and dislodge over the years. This allows water flowing down the roof to penetrate around the opening and into the attic, eventually dripping into rooms below. Loose flashing can usually be repaired individually without removing large area of shingles.
  • Evaluate the gutters. Make sure gutters aren’t obstructed or pulling loose from their mountings. If you have asphalt shingles, take note if a large amount of asphalt granules are accumulating in the gutter. This is an indication that aging shingles are deteriorating.
  • Inspect the attic. Climb up into the attic and examine the underside of the sub-roof for water stains, wood rot or other indications of hidden leaks. Also, look for wet or moldy insulation caused by ongoing water infiltration. Note the status of attic vents: all should be unobstructed and fully open. An under-ventilated attic can overheat in summer, buckling the sub-roof and shingles and causing roof leakage.

Ask the professionals at Rytech, Inc. for more steps to prevent water damage from roof leaks.


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