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How to Prevent Damage by Looking for Roof Leaks

Last updated on May 16th, 2017 at 02:40 pm

Spring and fall rains, summertime downpours and winter snows can be the perfect time to check your roof for leaks. Spending a few minutes looking for roof leaks now may save you hassle and headaches later.

Head into Your Attic

Small leaks may drip for some time before you notice any signs on your ceilings, so you’ll want to periodically pop into your attic. The easiest way to spot a leak is during rainy weather. You’ll be able to spot actively dripping water and wet insulation with the help of a bright flashlight.

If you find a leak or other wet spots due to normal wear and tear, make repairs as soon as it is safe. Contact a professional if you’re not comfortable doing this kind of work. If your home is damaged by a windstorm, a felled tree or other damage that may be covered by your homeowners policy, contact your insurance company to report a claim and get additional instructions.

Plymouth Rock Assurance homeowners policyholders may read more information about the home claims process.

A few tips if you don’t often go up to your attic:

  • Be careful if there’s no flooring. Make sure to step from joist to joist – stepping between the joists will probably mean falling through the ceiling.
  • Wear proper protective gear if you’re moving insulation.
  • Attics can be cramped, so watch out for nails sticking through the roof sheathing or other areas.
  • It’s helpful if your attic has a light, but bring a flashlight or two.

Do an Outdoor Inspection

During more agreeable weather you can check outside for potential problem spots. Look for old or cracked caulking, loose/broken/missing shingles, gutters that need to be refastened or flashing that’s missing from around your chimney. Again, if you’re not comfortable on your roof, have a professional handyman look around.

Trim Your Trees

As part of general maintenance you should also consider having a professional arborist or tree service trim back trees that are hanging over your roof. That will help prevent them from falling through your roof during windy weather, heavy snows or severe storms.

Do you have a roof maintenance plan? Share your tips in the comments.

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