How to Spot And Fix Leaks Before Spring Showers Arrive

As they say, spring showers may bring flowers, but they can also turn your home into a mold-infested pool; nobody wants that. That is why, as beautiful as this spring might be, it might be time to stand up and thoroughly examine your roof for any damage from spring showers and a winter’s heavy snowing, windstorms, and wild temperature fluctuations.

Catching these issues with your roof now and taking steps to fix them before spring arrives will allow you to prevent mold growth, home flooding, and even collapse when spring showers arrive. Here are some tips on how to spot and fix leaks before the spring shower arrives.

How To Spot Leaks

1. Overall Visual Inspection of Roof

This might seem slightly obvious, but many people tend to forget to do something as basic as this. Take a stroll around your home one of these days with binoculars and conduct a visual inspection of your roof. The condition of your roof will determine if your roof is prepared for the coming spring shower. Look for common signs of roof damage, such as;

  • Cracked, missing, loose, or buckled shingles or tiles. Your shingles being in terrible condition might indicate overall roof wear or failure of nails or adhesives that secure the shingles.
  • Rust stains or spots in steel or aluminum flashings.
  • Trapped debris in roof shingles, tiles, and gutter downspouts.

2. Check For Water Stains and Discoloration on Walls and Insulation

One of the signs of water leakage is the presence of water stains on walls and insulation. What this indicates is that there is a leaking pipe or roof in your home and you must take immediate action to resolve this issue. Discoloration and peeling of paint on walls are also indicative of a damaged roof as the water melted from snow will seep in through the roof into the wall.

3. Check For Mold Growth

Molds require humidity to thrive, and a home with a leaky roof is a perfect place for them to grow and spread their spores. So whenever you notice signs of mildew growth or already have a mold infestation, check your roof for any leak.

4. Increase In Energy Bills 

Leaks in the roof allow sunlight and air to penetrate the house, which can affect the efficiency of the home’s heating system. The sunlight can heat the attic and the air, especially after winter, reducing the temperature of the house, thereby increasing the amount of energy needed to heat the house and your energy bill as a result.  

5. Inspect Chimney Flashings

Due to seasonal changes from wind, rain, and winter, the metal flashings of masonry chimneys and vent pipes will inevitably take a beating. Damaged flashing is just another way for water to enter your home during spring showers and one people tend to ignore. You should also check out aluminum sleeves and storm collars, vent pipes, and plumbing; those are also places through which leaks can happen and are often vulnerable during spring showers.

To spot these is possible, fixing it is another ball game that often requires the help of professionals, but here are some DIY tips for fixing these leaks.

How To Fix Leaks

  •  Secure Buckled Shingles.
  • Seal Any Cracks or Leaks in the roof with Roof Sealant.
  • Remove Debris and Seal and Loose Flashing Corners.
  • Clean Gutter Downspouts.
  • Solicit The Help of A Professional.

As stated above, if those DIY solutions are not enough to spot or even fix the leaks, it is advisable to seek out the help of a professional to fix them. We at Advanced Roofing and Siding are the best assistance you can get when you need help fixing your leaky roof. Make sure to contact us before the spring showers come.

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