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Roofing Leak Prevention: Tips For Troubleshooting

Roofing leaks can be one of the most expensive and troublesome issues that many homeowners can face. For many first-time homeowners, the assumption that roof leaks are unavoidable can actually lead to costly mistakes and oversights. The good news is that there are a few general maintenance and monitoring things that you can do that will help you spot potential roof leaks before they become a problem. Here are a few things to watch for.

Check The Seals Around Anything That Penetrates Your Roof 

Most home roofs have a variety of things that penetrate and stick up from the roof. Whether it's a chimney, plumbing vent, or skylight, you need to make sure that the area around each one is properly sealed. The chimney flashing should be secure and properly sealed all the way around the perimeter. If the sealant is old, consider having it reapplied. The same applies to skylights.

For plumbing vents, you should evaluate the rubber gaskets and neoprene pieces to be sure that they're not worn or cracked, as can happen with age. Further, make sure that there are no signs of any kind of rodents or pests chewing on them. When those gaskets get damaged, they can allow water to leak past into your home.

Inspect Your Roof Edge And Gutters

The edge of your roof is another vulnerable spot for leaks. From the area where you mount your gutters to the drip edge that you install, there are all kinds of potential roof leak hazards. Look around the eaves and the drip edge to make sure that there are no signs of wood rot or anything hanging. Your gutters should be secure as well. If they are loose or any of the gutter hangers are causing damage along the roof edge, you should have that addressed right away.

Further, talk with your roofing contractor about how to adjust your gutters to help avoid ice dams in the winter, as these are a common source of roofing leaks. The more proactive you can be about it, the better.

Since roofing leaks can lead to structural damage to your home, mold growth, and other serious problems, it's important that you don't take the risk lightly. These are two of the most common, and often overlooked, areas where roofing problems occur. Use the tips here and the help of a roofer in your area to make sure that your home's roof stays in the best possible condition.