Investigate a leak before you call your roofer

Many homeowners have fallen into the trap of mistakenly thinking that the roof of their home is bullet proof. The roofing on your home has the duty of protecting you from all of the elements that mother nature can throw your way, but it is not an infallible object. The rooftop of your home will protect you and your loved ones for many years, but only if you make sure that you are keeping up with the regular maintenance that it requires in order to work as it is intended to work.

The regular maintenance or repairs that a roof requires can include replacing lose roof shingles, repairing and replacing the underlay or the installation in order to prevent the roofing from failing and allowing leaks to start inside the home. If you fail to keep up on any part of the regular maintenance of your roofing, then you will likely find that a leak has begun at some place in your

roofing. If you find a leak, or even suspect that one has begun at a place in your home, then you should immediately take the following steps in order to locate and treat the leak in order tp stop the water from entering your home and also to minimize the damage that the lead will cause if it is allowed to continue to flow.

When you find a leak in your home, if you are unsure about what the extent is of the damage that has been caused, then you should call a roof repair company to come out to your home so that they can evaluate the extent of the damage that has occurred. They will likely get up on your roof to see if they can locate the damaged roof tiles that are allowing water to enter the home and they will also get up into your attic space so that they can see if the insulation is damaged to the point that it needs to be replaced.

Before you make your first call to your roofer, you might want to do a little poking around on your own first so that you can make sure that you are giving the roofer as much information as you can when you are scheduling an appointment. If you are able to determine and communicate to the roofer how bad the leak and the damage from it is, then they can decide if you need an emergency visit from the roofer or if you can schedule an appointment with them during their regular business hours. This of course can save you money if you are able to tell if the leak is not that bad or if it is just getting started.

 

If you are able to get up on your roof on your own, then it is a good idea to see if you can get close enough to the damaged spot to examine how bad it is. If you are unsure where the leak is, you can even bring your garden hose up there and turn it on to see where the water is entering the home.