By: Denise Koslowsky
The last thing you want to see when you look up is a leak in your ceiling. Water in your home is never a good sign. Here are some tips to diagnose the problem and how you can prevent future problems from occurring.
Diagnosing the problem: Is it the roof leaking?
First step to diagnosing a leak is to determine the cause.
Water coming from a ceiling can be caused by one of two main problems: a roof leak or a leak from plumbing/HVAC pipes. Once you figure out which is the cause, you will have a better idea of how to fix the issue.
Common Causes of Roof Leaks
There are many different causes of roof leaks, but here are the most common:
Check chimneys where they cut through your roof. Sometimes your flashing will leak, and other times it could be caused by debris buildup on the high side of your chimney, allowing water to get under your roofing.
Tips to Prevent Leaks
Here are a few tips on how to prevent a leaky roof:
Fixing an issue as soon as you find it prevents problems from becoming worse. If you spot a leak, make sure to mark it in some way, this will make it much easier for whoever will be fixing the issue. Photograph the leak from a wide angle to make it easier to find as well.
Sometimes leaks can’t be prevented. But we want to help your home stay dry during hurricane season. Plus with winter around the corner, you’ll want to do as much preparation as possible to prevent roof damage. As always, Advocate is here for you should leaks cause damage to your home. Give us a call if you have any questions or concerns.