It’s the job of your roof and your gutters to keep you dry, right? Well, what if they failed at their jobs and water started coming into your house? You’d have some serious problems on your hands and let’s face it, you might even panic a little. In order to prevent roof and gutter leaks this fall, follow the preventative maintenance procedures, below:
Even if you don’t think your roof or gutter leak is serious, you need to act fast. Why? Roof and gutter leaks can allow water to get into places it shouldn’t, like your home’s framing or sheathing, and wreak havoc from there.
A few of the problems that can arise from a leaky roof or gutters includes rotting wood, the formation of mold, destroyed insulation and damaged ceilings. Sounds like a real headache, right?
Take a flashlight into the attic and look for wet spots, mold or holes in the roof.
Grab a helper, go up on the roof with a garden hose and spray it around areas such as the chimney, plumbing and roofing vents, and dormers.
Look for damaged shingles.
If the weather is cold enough, look for frosted nails or screws coming through the roof from the outside.
Pay attention to your gutters the next time it rains. Make sure water is being carried far enough away from your home that it has no chance of entering through the outer walls or the foundation.
If there is no rain in the forecast, you can test your gutters for leaks using a garden hose.
Make sure gutters are tight to the the fascia.
Remember, even small leaks can cause severe damage. If you notice leaks in your roof or gutters it’s best to take action right away!