A roof leak has the potential to cause significant damage to your home if it’s not discovered and repaired promptly. Luckily, the damage can be prevented if the proper procedures are followed and you frequently check for leaks. Here are a few simple upkeep tips to ensure your roof stays maintained and free of leaks.
How to Stop a Roof Leak
1. Check Attic for Leaks
The attic ceiling can tell you a lot about the state of your roof. Look for water damage or mold on the insulation, as well as water stains on the drywall or wooden boards. If you see signs of water damage in the attic, contacting a professional will ensure there’s no mold growth, which can cause breathing difficulties and skin irritation.
2. Clean Gutters Regularly
Clogged gutters prevent rainwater from being able to run off of the roof. Instead, the gutters hold the water and keep the moisture by the edge of the roof, eventually leading to leaks and water damage. Clean your gutters out twice a year—once in the fall and again in the spring—by removing the leaves and debris and then thoroughly rinsing with a garden hose.
3. Have the Roof Inspected Annually
Have a professional contractor check annually for any signs of leaking and damage to ensure the roof remains in good shape to protect you from the elements. A professional will have the tools and equipment to safely inspect the roof for missing shingles and damaged or cracked flashing. They can give you feedback on what should be done to improve the roof to prevent leaks and damage from happening in the future.
If you have found water damage in your home due to a roof leak, contact a professional contractor to help with the repairs. AAA Affordable Roofing in Charlotte, NC, has over 46 years of quality experience providing roof repairs and gutter installations. Their attention to detail can ensure your repairs are completed accurately and efficiently. Call (704) 564-5597 to schedule a free estimate, or visit their website to learn more about their services.