We are in the rain season and about to enter the snow season which means don’t forget your umbrella and keep an eye on your roof. If your roof is brand new then you most likely don’t need to worry about roof leaks but if your roof has lived its life and it’s entering its next decade then you better be prepared for roof leaks.One way of combatting leaks is the old and gold bucket-under-the-leak technique but it’s just a temporary solution. To completely eliminate the leaks, you first need to understand and determine the cause, the source. So, if you want to leave roof leak free this and upcoming other falls and winters then keep reading to find out 5 most common sources of roof leaks.
Source #1 Damaged Shingles
If you have an old roof then you first need to check your shingles. Throughout the time the shingles can become weary and get dislocated. If the shingles are not properly covering your roof then the water can easily enter your house and result in leaks.
Source #2 Cracked Flashing
When we speak of shingles, it’s also important to look at the flashing. Flashing are the pieces of metal under the shingles and on the joint of your roof. Flashing creates the water-resistant layer and if it’s old and damaged then guess what? It loses its water resistance and allows the water to reach your house.
The only way you can fix this is by replacing the old flashing with the new one but you don’t have to change the whole thing, simply locate where the leaks come from and replace that part only.
Source #3 Skylights
Some homeowners absolutely love having a skylight. It adds a special detail to the house and also light and warmth in sunny days. But during rainy and snowy days, your skylight can turn into a primary source of leaks. The good news is that if your skylight is the reason of leaks then you can spot it really quickly and check it for cracks or installment problems.
Source #4 Clogged Gutters
Gutters help to get the water from your roof and if they for some reason can’t perform that function then the rainwater will stay on the roof and leaks will be inevitable. Especially during fall, gutters get clogged with very easily. So, when you notice leaks in the house, quickly check your gutters and clean it if necessary.
Source #5 Broken Chimney
Chimney is basically a big hole on your roof and a perfect place for water to pool and if that water stays there for too long then it can seep into your house. If you see leaks on your ceiling or walls then keep in mind that chimneys can cause it too so, check them as well.
Now that you know where to look, your task becomes easier. You don’t have to inspect the whole roof to find the leak spot, look at the common places first.