Spring storms can bring a lot of rain, which can reveal leaks on the roof. What to do when an April shower enters your living room?
First, control the inner damage as quickly as possible.
Move all objects that are not soaked yet. If furniture or other objects can not be moved, cover them with plastic sheets to protect them from water. Collect the water that is flowing in a sealed container and make sure the container is on a solid surface.
Start drying out water that has soaked in carpets and furniture. For carpets that have become wet, you may need to remove the carpet from the upholstery. Expose the support in the air and let it dry. This will also give padding a chance to dry, and reduce the risk of mold. Circulate as much fresh air as possible around the affected areas.
Call your insurance agent
If your living space has suffered a considerable amount of damage, call your insurance agent. Your policy may or may not cover the damage done to the interior by a roof leak. Do not wait to call the agent. They can usually inspect the damage within hours of your call and help you start cleaning or replacing your damaged content.
Inspect the roof, both inside and out.
Check the roof as soon as possible for obvious sources of standing or pooling of water. Make sure that valleys, gutters and downspouts are free of debris and allow water to flow freely from the roof and away from the house. Inspect the roofing materials. Make sure that all parts of the underlying roof are covered with shingles and that the water barrier is exposed in any way. Keep in mind that the point of entry of water into the living space may not be directly under the roof leak. Leaks on the roof can "move", carefully inspect the entire area of the leak. You may also find it helpful to inspect the roof of the attic space above the living quarters. This can provide a better indication of how water enters the structure.
Clean gutters and downspouts.
Remove the obvious obstructions and clean the downspouts if they are clogged. You can often do it with a watering hose. If the downspout is clogged and it can not be cleaned with a hose, you may need to remove the downspout and vent it by reversing the downspout or using a hose handle. broom or another long object. When it is clear, attach it to the gutter and direct the water away from the foundation.
Inspect the flashing.
Some roof leaks are not the result of gutters or clogged downspouts. Instead, leaks occur when the roofing material is worn or damaged. In other cases, flashing around chimneys, vents or roof projections is damaged and allows water to enter the structure below. Inspect the flashing where chimneys, dormers, vents and other accessories are adjacent to the roof. If the turn signal is in poor condition, it may be necessary to replace it. If the seal around the flashing is damaged, a generous application of tar may obstruct the leak.
Look for hidden damage.
Roof leaks often develop over time, so water can go unnoticed for a period of time. living space. When inspecting the attic, check for any hidden damage caused by the leak. Look for damp spots on boards or roof panels, discolored wood, damaged OSB, odd smells and dirt on the insulation. Check inside for bulges in ceilings and walls, peeling paint, and poorly cracked plaster or wallboard. All these signs indicate that something may not be right in your attic or your walls.
Check the pests.
Ants and other aquatic pests will find that wet wood is a very attractive place to build a nest. If you experience a sudden invasion of ants, beetles, bugs, bugs, earwigs or other aquatic pests, immediately look for wet wood. An exterminator can rid your home of these pests, but the only way to make sure they stay away is to remove the wet wood and remedy the problem.
Call an authorized roofing contractor.
If your inspection reveals a lot of Damage caused by water, or an old roof that simply needs to be replaced, and if you are not ready to replace it yourself, call an authorized roofing contractor to repair or replace your roof. The simple filling of the roof does not repair most roof leaks. If the roof leaks, the most likely cause is a rupture of the waterproofing layer under the shingles. In this case, all old shingles should be ripped off and the waterproofing layer, as well as the shingles, should be replaced.
Re-roofing can be expensive, so be sure to get multiple estimates from different contractors before choosing someone to do the work. Check that the contractor you choose is licensed, has insurance and will apply for the appropriate municipal permits to do the work. Do not let the contractor start working on the house if the permits have not been issued and make sure the contractor replaces any damaged wood before remaking the roof of the house. Once the roofing work is complete, ask the contractor to review with you the roof maintenance and make sure to get a final inspection from your municipal housing department.