10 Leaky Roof Prevention Tips
Spring is a season we all look forward to. However, it can cause problems. Thawing snow increases the likelihood of water seepage through the roof. What can you do to prevent water seepage damage? Here’s some helpful advice.
1. Remove Snow from the Roof
When there’s a lot of snow on the roof, remove snow from the edges so that the water can flow into the gutters and not seep in through the roof. Water flow should never be impeded by excess snow or an ice dam.
Call professionals to take care of it, if need be. They are equipped to do the work as safely as possible.
2. Empty the Gutters
Debris and ice can clog gutters. Clear them to make sure the water can flow into the downspouts. If your gutters are damaged, replace them.
3. Conduct Two Roof Inspections Per Year
Inspect the roof in the spring for signs of wear and tear, like missing or damaged shingles, because these problems can lead to water seepage. Inspect it again in the fall.
4. Plan Repairs
When shingles are curled, cracked or cupped, they need to be replaced. If you do it yourself, make sure to buy the necessary material and tools (shingle shovel, nail gun, etc.). You can also ask professional roofers to do the job for you.
5. Nail Down the Shingles
Are any nails loose? Make sure to hammer them into place.
6. Check the Membrane, Sealants and Flashing
Make sure waterproofing components are doing their job, especially around chimneys and plumbing vents. If not, have them repaired as soon as possible.
7. Inspect the Soffits
The soffit (under the roof overhang) allows fresh air to circulate into the attic space and expel the humidity. When blocked or damaged, repair it.
8. Have Vent Pipes Inspected
Make sure that the insulation around the vent pipes is properly positioned and not damaged. When in doubt, call a specialist.
9. Add Coverage to Your Insurance Contract
Despite proper maintenance, you are not immune to damage. Check your home insurance policy for your water seepage coverage (roof, walls, doors and windows). If you don’t have it, consider adding it. The extra cost may be worthwhile in the long run.
10. Replace the Roof
When a roof is over 20 years old, even if it looks to be in good shape, it must be inspected.
See replacing an old roof more as an investment than an expense. You will avoid unexpected surprises like water seepage and the related and potentially high costs.
Once the work is done, call your insurer to update your file.
Hopefully these tips will help reduce the risk of damage and allow you to enjoy the warmer weather!