Just as with your pipes or appliances, you should be vigilant when it comes to roofing leaks. Older roofs or those that aren’t properly constructed can weaken over the years, leaving them (and you) vulnerable to a bad storm or severe wind. Make sure your roof passes careful inspection and repair any issues right away. If you do experience a major roof leak, use a bucket or other container to capture the water, and cover exposed possessions with a tarp to keep them dry. In the case of a major leak, avoid standing underneath it in case of a larger collapse.
There are a few things you can do to help prevent a leaky roof
- Trim Branches: Weakened or dead branches can fall in even minor wind conditions, and low-hanging limbs can scratch the surface, causing damage over time. Keep tree branches pruned and away from your roof and structure.
- Keep Gutters Clean: Leaves and pine needles can clog your gutters and prevent water from draining, which can cause a backup that leaks onto your roof. Use a garden hose or other cleaning tool to keep gutters clog-free.
- Check Your Chimney Flashing: Chimney flashing seals the space between your roof and chimney, keeping rain and moisture from leaking into your home. Check your flashing to make sure the seal is intact.
Call Water Damage Removal Professionals
It is important to address a roof leak as soon as it appears or when you notice the problem. Not only will neglecting a leaky roof lead to structural damage but the health of you and your loved ones are at risk. Health problems can include headaches, allergies, asthma, or other respiratory illnesses.
If you suspect a leak in your roof, call the professional water damage removal team with Continuum Restoration at (337) 427-3888.