Regardless of the cause, water in your home or commercial property can wreak havoc. The results of roof leaks can lead to damage in the attic and your personal property or inventory stored inside. Water can drip through the interior of the walls traveling throughout your property peeling paint, bubbling walls and compromising the structure of the ceiling. All of this water can create a mold problem that can then spread to your HVAC system where mold can easily contaminate your carpets, furniture, and even clothing. Roof leaks can actually be severe enough for water to make its way all the way from the roof to the foundation. Not only can you experience water damage, but roof leaks can also lead to a fire hazard as water can short circuit wires.
In addition to causing physical damage, it can, of course, put your health at risk. Mold is a serious health issue as it can make you very sick. The structure of your home or commercial property can be compromised by roof leaks and can also put you in danger.
Don’t ignore a roof leak regardless of how small it may seem as it may be a bigger problem than you realize. Compromising the structure of your home or place of business as well as your health can lead to very costly expenses. We can come to your property, review your roof leak situation, and provide you with an estimate, so you can remedy your roof leak immediately.
A roof leak can be challenging to find if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Often, the leak is not actually at the “exit point,” or the point where it shows on the inside of your homes. The vast majority of leaks are found around flashpoints or roof penetrations like pipe boots, valleys, skylights, and chimney flashings.
These locations are often vulnerable and more suspectable to improper installation, weather events, and critters. Sometimes, there are failures in the shingle themselves due to weather or other external factors like tree branches. In rarer cases, leaks need to be identified from the inside by looking in the attic.
Fixing a leaking roof from the inside is never a long-lasting solution. Although some leaks can be identified from the inside, all leaks need to be addressed at the entry point on top of the roof.
When you discover your roof is leaking, call Peak to Peak Roofing immediately! Time is of the essence to mitigate any further damages.
Here are some important observations to take note of when your roof begins to leak.
• How much is it leaking? The amount of leakage will speak to the location and severity of the failure.
• Where is the leak showing? Although water travels inside the system and often comes out in different locations than where it started, knowing where it’s showing up will help you find its entry location. How your roof is sloped and where all the “penetrations” are can help you reverse-engineer the leak to find the entry point.
• Finally, when did the leak occur? If this is the first time, was it after a major storm, or is this a recurring incident that’s been going on for a while? These factors will help determine what is causing the leak and where it’s coming from. Once you’ve identified the leak, you can choose to either cover the leak or seal the leak. Both of these are temporary solutions but can save you from significant damage and loss inside your home. To cover the leak, use a good quality tarp and properly apply it around the leak to keep any moisture from getting in and further damage occurring to your property. The tarp must be laid properly to ensure the leak will stay covered. To seal the leak, use a pre-approved sealant specific to the type of roof you have.