How to Prevent Costly Roof Leaks

How to Prevent Costly Roof Leaks

There are several wise practices to put in place for preventing expensive leaks. The first one we have already touched on– regular inspections. It’s definitely a good idea to have a professional check your roof on a consistent basis.

Want to keep an eye on your roof between professional inspections? Here are some routine checks you can do on your own.

First, look for any areas of your roof where something is attached or jutting out; your chimney for instance. Believe it or not, this is one of the biggest hot spots for leaks. Check the sealing around the chimney to make sure it’s in good condition. Another area to check are skylights. Make sure the flashing is repaired and the skylight itself has no cracks or leaks.

Second, plumbing vents or satellite cables are additional potential problem areas to check. Many people may think to check the top of the roof, but taking a look under the roof may be the most telling when it comes to leaks. Pop your head in the attic to inspect the under side of the roof. You’ll want to keep an eye out for any moisture, rotting, and even mold.

Third, gutters are another place you will want to inspect and maintain regularly. While many people attempt to maintain their gutters themselves, this can actually be a very dangerous endeavor. Falling off of a ladder can cause serious injury, so tending to your gutters is best left to a professional. A trained expert will not only be able to clear and manage your gutter, but also be able to quickly pick up on any tell tale signs that may alert him to rotting in your roof, or areas that may be leaking or become leaks.

Keep a sharp eye on your roof, and hire a professional from time to time to give it a good inspection. It’s a small expense to pay compared to costly damage due to a sudden leak you didn’t see coming.

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