Roof Leaks and why it’s important to fix them quickly.
It is important to fix roof leaks quickly. Leaks that are not addressed immediately can have a costly effect in the short and long run. Most small roof leaks can be taken care of by the homeowner before they become so big that a professional needs to be called in. There can be a multitude of reasons for a roof to fail, overflowing gutters, missing shingles, seam gaps around vent pipes or chimneys, or even not having enough attic ventilation that causes a buildup of condensation.
It is important to understand that a leak can be sneaky. Just because its results show up in one area of your inside ceiling, doesn’t mean that the problem is directly above it. Before dripping down to show that tell-tale sign of water damage on your ceiling, water and condensation can travel along roof/ceiling joists, gas or water pipes, even electrical lines.
Roof leaks that are not fixed quickly can become costly messes and even lead to health hazards. Wherever there is an area of warm moist air, there is that potential for mold and bacteria growth. Many insects, including carpenter ants search for areas of rotted wood as well. Health hazards aside, the cost of replacing drywall, insulation, and in some cases flooring, are all good reasons to detect where a potential roof leaks are coming from and to remodeling, and to fix them quickly. If you are unable to detect the roof leak in short order, many reputable roofers have experience in tracking down these elusive leaks.
When searching for roofers who can diagnose your issue, use the internet to find competent, honest businesses. Use Google or Kudzu.com to review roofing companies to determine there past history. Since a roof leak can potentially be the beginning of a very expensive home project it makes lots of sense to be careful when choosing whom to work with. Always ask if the company requires a payment for estimates, as all companies do not offer free estimates.
Once the issue has been fixed its important to be proactive about your roof and its maintenance. Depending on the climate and part of the country you reside, it may be advantageous to have your roof inspected every 2 or 3 years to check for potential problems with the shingles, pipe boots, vents, and other accessories. This type of maintenance will ensure your roof stays in good shape and you will avoid leaks in the future.