Roof Leak Damages – What are the Different Preventive Measures to Control it?

There could be nothing more annoying than that of a dripping or soggy roof for a house owner. Do you suffer the same issue on every rainfall? Certainly! This is something you should be worried about, because it may weaken your roof structure and ruin your house look, causing severe damages to your household items such as furniture, cupboards and other wooden items. Moreover, if left untreated for a longer time period, it may cause serious damages to your house by damaging wall plaster and creating dry rots. The soggy walls and ceilings may become a big threat to your health by producing molds and bacteria. Due to different bacterial reactions in the damps, special kinds of harmful chemicals are released which may be inhaled during the breathing.

Causes

Various causes of roof leakage may include:

Blockage of rain water pipes

Debris in the gutters and other sewerage pipelines

A leakage in the joints of shingles

Holes and broken or missing shingles, broken gutter pipes, damaged vent or chimney’s surroundings.

Sometimes, a faulty installation of roof, which may involve the poor workmanship as well as the usage of sub-standard materials, may also become the major cause of roof leakage.

Preventive Measures

Before, taking any preventive measures, you need to find out all the possible reasons of roof leakage in your house.

Before the rain starts, have a visit of your roof and see if any clutter or debris is around the sewerage pipe. Pick it up before the rain starts because it may flow along with the water in the pipes and may become a cause of serious blockage.

Also make sure that your roof is properly leveled as all the water directly drains off through the pipes rather than standing on one place or the other. This is the most common reason of seepage because a poorly done construction work on the roof results in such issues.

Immediately replace the broken pipes and shingles and make sure the replacements are fixed properly.

Sometimes, breakage around the chimney, vents and roof projection causes water to flow inside. Therefore, you need to locate the flashing around chimneys, dormers and other things attached to the roof. See if the sealants around the flashing are damaged, you can fill it with top quality silicone to prevent leakage.

See if any joint of tile terracing is broken, repair or rejoin it properly so that water may not seep through it.

Sometimes a constant flow of water at one place on your roof may create a whole or it can damage the cement binding with bricks on the upper most layer of the roof. Therefore, you need to keep a check whether the water tank placed on your roof is leaking from anywhere due to a damage or overflow of water in it.

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