The Best Way to Avoid Roof Leaks and Ceiling Water Damage
Your home’s roof is the first line of defense against extreme weather conditions, including rainstorms and sleet. Over time, whether due to negligence or age, a roof may begin to form holes, which leads to leaks and water damage. Water damage further increases problems in the home, as your walls and ceilings will take the brunt of the damage. You can minimize damage and prevent roof leaks by taking a few precautions and scheduling regular roof maintenance.
Avoiding Roof Leaks
The most efficient method to avoid roof leaks is to practice proper maintenance and cleaning. Each year, you should schedule roof maintenance once or twice with an expert contractor. During this maintenance appointment, your chosen contractor will check for signs of wear, potential leak points, and then solve these problems promptly.
Furthermore, consider cleaning the roof and your gutter systems regularly. Your gutters are especially important to consider. Over time, these drainage systems will accumulate leaves and debris, which forms blockages. If the water has nowhere to go, it will stagnate and pool, causing damage and allowing mold to grow at an alarming rate.
Reducing Water Damage
When your roof leaks, the interior damage from incoming water is often the first thing that goes through our minds. You have an opportunity to reduce water damage with these tips:
- Move your items, such as furniture, electronics, and valuables, to a dry area.
- Place a bucket underneath the affected area to collect water. If the water is splashing onto the floor, pin a bit of string to the ceiling to allow the water to gently trickle down into the bucket.
- Water leaks often cause paint to bubble or blister. If this happens, puncture the bubble with a small pin to release the water and alleviate some of the tension.
Also published on Medium.