Protect Your Home from a Leaking Roof

roof leaking

roof leaking

Hurricane season always brings with it torrential rains, damaging winds, and of course, flooding.

Who can forget the massive flooding that devastated New Orleans in Hurricane Katrina?

Even when a hurricane doesn’t make landfall in the U.S., the outer bands can still dump tremendous amounts of water on coastal cities as well as areas hundreds of miles inland.

When that happens, it only takes a few inches of water to rise up enough to seep under the doors and walls of your house, ruining your floors, rugs, carpets, as well as leaving your house smelling like a sea cave – or a latrine, depending on what washed up.

Flood barriers, no matter how small they might look, can save you untold thousands of dollars in repairs.

Bottom-Up or Top Down

water droplets leak from roof

Flooding can occur in your house from the bottom up, in which case you need those flood barriers, or it can occur from the top down if you’ve got a leaky roof.

A leaky roof can go undetected for months, sometimes years, before you finally notice something is wrong.

By then, you’re likely only one hard rain away from total disaster, and it’s going to cost you to fix it no matter what.

If you can catch the leak before it cause major damage, you’ll save yourself thousands of dollars.

Otherwise, you could be stuck with a huge bill and a prolonged court fight with your insurance company.

The insurance company will try to argue negligence on your part for not keeping up the repair and maintenance of your roof.

They’ll have a good argument too. Maintaining the roof in good repair is your job and why should they have to fork over their money because of your failure? Unless your lawyer is better than their lawyer you could be out of luck.

An Ounce of Prevention

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There’s an old saying that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” and it’s never been truer than in regards to your roof.

There’s nothing you can do to prevent damage from hail and high winds, but leaking due to ordinary or even heavy rain, is something you can work to prevent.

A good place to start is with Cornerstone Roofing Indiana.

You can get credible advice about your roof, what kind of shape it is in, and whether it needs extensive repairs, replacing a few shingles, or just some cleaning.

The gutters are part of your roof, so don’t forget them. When gutters are clogged with leaves (which inevitably happens) the water begins to back up.

Depending on how high your gutters are or how the blockage occurs, water can begin seeping up under the lowest shingles on your roof then work its way up the roof through capillary action until it reaches a spot where it can work its way down inside.

Do Your Part

cleaning gutters

The insurance companies’ argument that you have to do your part has merit.

Doing your part means breaking out the ladder and getting up on your roof at least two or three times a year to get rid of any leaves or dead branches that may have been blown onto it.

This is going to happen in any neighborhood where there are trees.

If you don’t have an extension ladder, get one. While you’re at it, get some emergency fire escape ladders too if your house has more than one floor on it.

Water isn’t the only way your house can sustain damage after all, and fires can be deadly to you and your family in a matter of minutes.

Use a push broom or leaf blower to get the leaves off your roof. Don’t leave twigs or branches up there either. As you disturb piles of leaves you’ll notice damp spots under them.

That trapped moisture can feed the growth of moss and mildew that will gradually warp the shingle on your roof until regular rain starts getting under them.

Use a scrub brush to scrub away anything green on your roof. If it’s green it’s growing and doing damage to your roof. Get rid of it today!

Moss Killers

There are plenty of moss killing products on the market. They come in liquid form as well as dry powders.

They both have their pros and cons, but the one thing they have in common is that they’re cheaper than paying someone to fix your roof after it’s been damaged. Don’t wait.

Green on the roof will take the green out of your wallet.