Have you ever noticed the paint on your walls bubbling or mold starting to grow on top of your ceiling? It could be because of a leaky roof. Leaky roofs can sometimes be mild and can be fixed without the assistance of a qualified professional. But other times the damage can be catastrophic and you’ll need to call a professional roofer to fix it.
If you’ve noticed a leak in your ceiling or roof, here are a few tips you can follow to fix the problem.
Locate the Leak
Leaky ceilings and wet floors can point to a leaky roof problem. If the signs are ignored for a long time, the paint on your wall might start bubbling and damp, green patches of mold might find their way into your house. Mold can be harmful for the health of you and your family so spotting the leak and promptly addressing it is crucial.
If you’re unsure where the exact location of the leak is, have someone water the roof with a hose so you can see exactly where the water leaks into.
Check For Damages
Leaks can be caused by damaged or broken shingles, missing shingles or damaged shakes and connections. Once you have located the leak, inspect your roof for the point of damage. If you’re not sure how to do that, hire a professional roof inspection company to find out the root of the problem.
Fixing Shingles and Cracks
Shingles can break and even go entirely missing if your house is constantly exposed to harsh weathers, winds and storms. Missing shingles need to be replaced as soon as possible while broken shingles can be repaired or replaced. If your shingles are curling (a sign of aging), you should have the shingles replaced.
In cases you spot any cracks blisters on the roof, soak up any water collected into it and let it dry completely. Once it has dried, use roofing cement to cover it up.
Fixing leaky roofs can be an emergency. Even though sometimes you can fix it yourself, it’s best to ask for help from a professional roofer to effectively solve the leak problem.