It’s Raining, It’s Pouring
With large amounts of rain comes a higher potential for roof leaks. Make sure you’re not left out in the rain and check your roof beforehand. Here are some handy tips on inspecting and problem shooting any potentially roof issues
- Do a visual inspection and check for any missing or discolored shingles. On a metal roof look for discoloration or rust spots.
- Look in your attic. Make sure to take a flash light and step from joist to joist to prevent falling through your ceiling. Look for discoloration or mold on the backside of your roof decking. If it hasn’t rained in some time, then have a helper spray the outside section of your roof with a water hose to check for moisture. Any potential cut-outs or joints have a potential for leaking. This is a good time to also check and see if anything needs to be resealed or caulked. Roof vents are most prone to this.
- Check your exterior walls inside and outside. Check for any discoloration, water stains, bulging or musty odors, which can be a sign of moisture and mold. Windows and vents may need to be resealed or caulked. Energy.gov recommends caulking a home every 5 years but to check every couple of years or if you notice a change in your energy bill. They also recommend to caulk during dry weather and when the outdoor temperature in above 45°F. The warm temperature will allow the caulk to set properly and prevents swelling during the drying process.
- Get a professional involved. Before cutting up walls and insulation, let the professional take a look and trace the potential moisture back to the source. By catching the leak sooner, you may save yourself thousands in repairs and mitigation.
SERVPRO® of Greater Waco offers complimentary inspections Monday through Friday. WE are a full-service general contractor that can provide you a solution for any noticeable repairs.
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