How the Heavy Rain is Affecting Your Roof


Water is one powerful act of nature. With all the rain we’ve been having, we want you to keep your roof in the very best condition and your home protected. Since your roof plays a primary part in keeping weather out, it should be continually checked up on. Once the rain subsides you will want to have your roof checked. For one, you want to make sure nothing from these winter conditions caused any damage. If there was even slight damage to your roof the winter conditions and rain could have worsened it. Heavy rain is known to cause shingles to break loose or be torn away. It’s always a good idea, after a storm, to walk around your house and make sure there are no shingles missing. Even a small leak can lead to a large amount of damage if you don’t catch it soon enough.

Here is how you check for leaks in your attic.

  • Water reflects light, so if you shine a flashlight around your attic right after or during a rain storm you might be able to find the water faster. Many times, the leak is nowhere near the actual spot in your ceiling where the water is coming through. The leak could be up to multiple feet from where the water is coming in.
  • Follow the wet spots and find out where the leak is. There could also be mold and dark spots on the installation revealing where the water has been. You can follow the path of the water through this.
  • You can also have one person on the roof * with a garden hose and another in the attic to figure out where the water is coming in at.
  • If you still can’t find the leak you can go into your attic during the day and check for spots where the sun is coming through.

Once you find the spot where the water is coming in through the attic you have to get on the roof * to see what the hole is looking like.

Once the storm has past and your roof is dry, it is safe to go up on your roof * look for these things.

  • Missing, buckled, cracked, or raised shingles. The shingles protect outside weather and water. If they are gone or broken, the seal that keeps the water out is broken. A good time to check for these is after heavy storms with high winds. If you find it before the water does, then no leaks.
  • Look for exposed nails on the roof or in the attic.
  • You can check the flashing for cracks. Flashing is another piece of your roof that keeps water out, and if it’s not working properly then you will have water in your house.
  • Another spot to look is around your skylights. Skylights can leak if they are installed incorrectly or are the wrong size. You could potentially fix with caulking but this is only temporary. The leak will still come back. Your installation could also be deteriorating and water is getting through.
  • If your gutters or downspouts are clogged the water will build up and try to find others ways off your roof. Sometimes the buildup on the roof can cause a leak to begin.

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*Be careful when getting on your roof and take the proper safety precautions. If you’re not comfortable, call the professionals, that’s why we’re here.