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How To Spot A Leak In Your Roof And When You Should Call A Professional

05.02.2016

When it comes to protecting your home against everything that nature has to offer, your roof is on the frontline of defense. It will be the first thing that the sun strikes and the first point of contact when the rain comes down.

With the roof being such an essential element in your home’s protection, it’s important to keep it safe! A leaking roof can cause serious problems for your home, but thankfully, there are ways to spot a leak before the damage is done. Today we’re going to explore some common signs, and when you should call in the roofing experts.

 Search for Water Spots

Dark spots – both on the inside and outside of your home – indicate that you may have a roof leak. Starting on the inside, look for dark, mouldy looking patches on your ceiling.

The location of your dark patch won’t necessarily match the location of the leak in your roof though, and it may even indicate other problems with your plumbing or even your windows. That’s why you also have to look outside. Similar patches on your roof are a sign of mould and an indication that you have a roof leak.

 Can I Do it Myself?

The problem with water spots is that it’s often difficult to locate the exact source of your leak. Ripping up your roof to look for damage isn’t recommend, so if this is your only sign of a leak, it’s best to call in a professional.

Damage to Your Roof

Damage to your roof – including broken or curling roof tiles or missing flashings – might be a sign of a leak. Regardless of the initial cause of the damage, missing or broken roof tiles and flashings provide easy entry to your roof.

You can identify broken flashings by looking for a large crack in them while roof tiles are always on the exterior of your roof, making damage easy to spot from a distance.

 Should I DIY?

In the case of roof damage, there are some times when you can DIY and others when you can’t. If the source of the damage is contained then you can remove damaged roof tiles or flashings and apply new ones with roofing nails. If the damage is more widespread though, you’re better off calling a professional, because a complete roof replacement might be your best option.

Water is Collecting in One Spot

If your roof looks more like a swimming pool, then that’s a good sign that a leak is imminent. Pooling water can usually be put down to clogged gutters, which prevents the flow of water off your roof. With all that water sitting in one place, the risk of it seeping through becomes much, meaning a leaking roof is likely to be in your future.

Is This a DIY Job?

As pooling water is usually a sign of blocked gutters, this is probably one you can take care of yourself! It’s a dirty job though, and you will probably have to remove the excess debris in your gutters by hand. If this doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, there are always professional services available.
Always remember if your roof is on a steep angle or you’re not comfortable with heights, always call a professional to do the job, it’s not worth the risk of harming yourself. If you do choose to do the job yourself, your safety is paramount, so make sure you have a sturdy ladder, you know how to use all the tools, and that it’s a calm, still day outside.

We are roofing specialists in South East Queensland and we can replace your roof when the damage is too extensive. Contact us today online, or call on 07 5598 4127.

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