If you have started noticing water dripping down from your ceiling, or worse, even pooling on the floor, then you probably already know that you have a leak in your roof. Now, it may seem as simple as finding it and sticking some plastic stuff on top of the hole, but that just might make your problem worse, or move it somewhere else. You need to follow certain steps and actions to ensure you can easily fix a leaky roof.
Read on to learn more.
First, you’re going to want to investigate the history of the building you live in, its age, and try to find out if there are any records of past repairs, alterations, or replacements. Ideally, try and gather building plans, drawings, and photographs where relevant. This will really help you visualize what is happening and what needs to be done when you’re not up in the roof space anymore. Being familiar with your roof structure and how the structural loads are carried will also keep you safe when you venture up there.
2 – Internal Investigation
Once you’ve conducted your research, you can safely enter your roof area. Examine the internal structure for any leaks and check whether it may be compromised or damaged. While you’re up there, you should also check for signs of rot by smelling the air and if you think you’d rather go in there with a facemask on, then procure one by all means. Check that the airspace is ventilated and whether there is loft insulation – lack of ventilation and cold, damp environment is a perfect cocktail for rot and mold.
3 – External Assessment
Check the condition of all the rainwater disposal goods – rhones, gutters, downpipes – as well as the detailing – chimney, skew cope, ‘throating’, and leadwork (valleys, hips, ridges). Assess the extent of vegetation growth and whether any roots have crept into cracks or gaps. At this point, it might be safer to get some contractors in, because they’ll have years of expertise and the right kind of gear to access your roof from the outside. Depending on your roof’s condition and its age, you might also identify other areas of the roof that require other specialist’s expertise.
4 – Maintenance
Regular maintenance is best scheduled in late autumn, bi-annually, and after heavy precipitation. To keep it simple, here are the steps you should follow with each maintenance:
1 – Clear roof and gutters of leaves and debris.
2 – Check downpipes for clogging, holes, cracks, and any other leaks.
3 – Check the valleys, ridges (any other areas of the roof with fancy names) where junk is bunching up.
4 – Check your roof space for any leaks which are not apparent from the exterior.
If any repairs are observed, then:
5 – Assess the extent of the required repairs.
6 – Replace or overhaul before the winter gales make it a real challenge.
It’s all simple and straightforward, you just need to make sure that you, or whoever you end up hiring for the job, is rigorous and meticulous with their approach to repairing your roof. As with all things, if you don’t check on it and clean it every now and then, you’re building up much bigger problems and costs in the long run. A leak can sometimes be a blessing – a sign that something more serious might be building up.