If you discover that your roof is leaking, you will want to act quickly to reduce the change of damage to your home. The longer you delay, the potential for costly repairs increases.
How to Inspect Your Roof Indoors
First you will want to inspect the roof from the inside. Here are some signs to look for.
1. Sagging Decking
If the decking is sagging or deteriorating the decking will also require replacement when a new roof is installed.
2. Outside Light Seen Through the Roof
This may be common and not a problem on shake roofs since the wooden shakes will swell during wet months, preventing any leaks.
3. Leaking in the Attic
Pay close attention to dark spots in the wood especially around vents, chimneys and other holes to the roof.
4. Dark Spots in the Wood
If the spot is still wet or soft, it is a current problem. If the spot is dry and hard, it is most likely an old problem that has been fixed.
5. Signs of Water Damage or Leaking
You can usually spot water damage in the form of water stains or sagging ceilings. This could be from an active leak in the roof or to condensation caused by poor roof ventilation.
Steps To Take if Your Roof is Leaking
1. Move Furniture & Contain the Water
Move furniture, rugs and electronics out of the way. Grab a bucket to collect the incoming water.
2. Remove the Water
Mop up all standing water and utilize a fan or dehumidifier to circulate the air in the room. Pull up any wet carpet to dry.
3. Check the Attic
Look for any pools of water, watermarks, stains and discoloration. Take pictures of any damage you find in the attic or in the home to send to your insurance company.
4. Call the Insurance Company
Contact your insurance company as soon as possible especially before you start any repair work.
5. Contact a Professional Roofing Company
Contact a reputable and professional roofing company who serves your local area. Most provide free estimates.