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Leaky Roof: Here’s What To Do

22 June 2020

Is Your Roof Leaking?

Your roof system is the first line of defense from all sorts of weather. With the severe thunderstorms, we experience in the warmer months; it is important your roof is in the best condition to protect your home from any sort of leaks. Any sort of damages to your roof may seem not a big deal at the moment, but it can lead to costly damages down the road. If you are experiencing roof leaks, it is crucial to get them checked out right away.

 

Clogged gutters can cause rainwater can pool back onto the roof. This puts your roof at risk for leaks that can result in costly water damage.
Clogged gutters can cause rainwater can pool back onto the roof. This puts your roof at risk for leaks that can result in costly water damage.

What Causes Roof Leaks?

As it turns out, the saying “water always wins” has some real truth to it. Everything on the exterior of your home from the roof down is important in protecting it in some sort of way. The smallest defect on any part of your home can allow water infiltration. When the heavy rain happens, the chances of developing a leak is more likely. We have broken down each part of your roof and how it can be affected by any sort of heavy rain that can turn into a serious roof leak.

  • Skylights: Skylights provide a nice aesthetic to your home. Who doesn’t want more light inside their home? With heavy rains and high winds, this can make them more likely to leak.
  • Plumbing Vent Stacks & Fan Vent Hoods: Plumbing can be another issue for a roof. A broken or incorrectly installed plumbing vent stack will leak in heavy rains. In addition, fan vent hood flashings, as well as furnace flue flashings are sources for leaks.
  • Chimneys and Chimney Chase: Brick and mortar chimneys can allow water infiltration due to cracks in the cap and mortar joints. If you have a brick and mortar chimney, take a look at it for cracked joints or missing bricks or pieces of brick missing. The flashing can also be and is often the culprit as well. There are very problematic, especially if you have rotten, splitting, or missing wood siding.
  • Damage To Your Roof: As everyone knows, the roof on your home is your first line of defense during any rain. While often the cause of a leak is defective or failing flashing, caulk, or something else, it is possible that you may have sustained actual damage to your roof.

 

Hail damage to a roof vent in Beverdale, Iowa.
The roof vent on a home in Beaverdale, Iowa was severely damaged by hail on Thursday.

What To Do If You Experience A Leak

It is important to call a reliable and licensed contractor right away if you are experiencing leaks. It is crucial to get them fixed right away, especially with constant rain in the forecast. As always Home Solutions of Iowa is here to help you. We can come out to your home, examine your roof, and provide you a solution with one of our roof replacement services. We ensure that your home has a durable, sturdy roof that will look great and last for years to come. Offering a wide variety of roofing materials and backed up with a lifetime workmanship warranty, Home Solutions of Iowa is the right place to go to!

 

Getting a new roof is a huge project with long-term implications. Using a GAF factory-certified contractor means you will get your roof done the right way- giving you peace of mind for a long, long time.