Roofs are great at protecting your home from the elements — until they're not. Unfortunately, it's only a matter of time before most residential shingle roofs will spring a leak. Whether from hail damage, high winds, or simple wear and tear, water can find its way into your home. The key is knowing what to do (and what mistakes to avoid) when dealing with a roof leak so you can minimize damage and get repairs done promptly.
DO Try to Locate the Source of the Leak
It might seem obvious that the leak in your roof would be located close to where you're noticing water damage or active water coming into your home/attic. Unfortunately, it's not always that simple. When water leaks through a roof, it can move and flow in mysterious ways. As a result, the actual location of your roof leak may not correspond to where you're actively finding water in your home.
Often, the best way to pinpoint the location of a roof leak is to take a peek inside your attic while it's raining. From there, you may be able to see water falling directly into your home.
DON'T Put Your Own Safety in Danger
In your efforts to locate the source of a roof leak, be mindful of your own safety. As tempting as it may be to climb a ladder up to your roof and inspect things for yourself, this type of work is best left to a professional. Scaling your own roof can be extremely dangerous without the proper training and equipment. If you can't find the source of your roof leak, a roofing professional will be able to.
DO File a Home Insurance Claim
Many roofing repairs (aside from those caused by neglect or regular wear and tear) are covered by a standard home insurance policy. Yes, you may need to pay your deductible, but that's probably still a lot cheaper than paying for the entire repair out of your own pocket. Just be sure to contact your insurance agent as soon as possible so that you can get the claims process rolling.
DON'T Overlook Less Obvious Signs of a Leak
Sometimes, roof leaks aren't totally obvious. Unfortunately, an undetected roof leak can lead to long-term water damage, wood rot, and other serious problems. Always be on the lookout for smaller signs of leaks, such as discoloration on your ceilings and/or walls, mold/mildew problems, and visibly damaged shingles. If you notice any of these signs, it's time to call a roofing company for an inspection.
Contact a company like Top Ridge Roofing & Restoration to learn more.