I Have a Roof Leak! What Do I Do Now?

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For some reason, roof leaks happen at the most inopportune time, like in the course of a torrential downpour. The important thing to remember is not to panic. Any kind of inspection or correction can be performed until after it stops raining.

Your initial action should be to collect the water at the point where it is dripping. Get a sizeable rag or towel and place it under the leak, along with a bucket or large bowl directly under the leak. This will prevent the water that is splashing out from contacting the floor. Be sure to clean up any excess water that is on your floor.Naturally you will need to empty the containers before they are completely filled to keep more water from leaking on your floor. Have spare containers on hand to replace the ones that are filling.

When the rain ceases, you will want to find the source of the leak. The spot of the actual leak will probably not be exactly over where the water was dripping into your house. 

Calling in a quality Atlanta roofing professional is your best bet to find the particular point where your roof is leaking. Atlanta roofing professionals are equipped to climb on your roof and have the expertness to find the potential problems that are causing your roof leak.

If you are one of those folks that insist on doing your own inspection then use the following tips and hints on how and where to start looking for leaks.

The next place to look for problems is around flashings and in valleys. Also inspect your roofing materials for deterioration and/or damage.

Roof penetrations at plumbing vents and chimneys should be the initial location to start seeking potential troubles. 

The vertical slits in composition shingles are known for wear and/or deterioration.

Skylights are notorious for leaking. Carefully inspect flashings, joints and the caulking around the skylights.

A complete examination of the valleys is required to detect damage, deterioration, cracks, and holes in the Valley shingles, and/or flashing.

Step wall flashing rests where a roof extends against a perpendicular wall.  Part of the flashing is laid up on the wall, while the other part gets covered by the following row of shingles. 

While some roofs extend against a wall, others end where a wall has been constructed. This is known as a head wall. In this case, head wall flashing must be installed to guide water streaming down the wall, away from the stopping place of the shingles. This flashing may be behind wood siding, or in front of a brick wall. The flashing should extend over the shingles by three inches, at least. If the wall consists of masonry or brick, the flashing ought to curl and extend an inch into a mortar joint.

To avert future troubles, you will want to inspect your roof a couple times a year, preferably once in the fall and once in the spring, and, following a wind or hail storm.

It cannot be emphasized enough that unless you have the experience required to detect potential or existing roof problems and the required tools, contacting a professional Atlanta roofing expert is the right decision.

Most quality Atlanta roofing contractors will be more than happy to do a detailed roof check for free or at a very nominal price.


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