Part of being a responsible homeowner is keeping your home's exterior protected from exterior water leaks. Your home's foundation and roof provide a large part of your home's protection against wet weather. Here are some tips to help you repair and keep these two areas of your home well-maintained.
When you notice a water leak seeping into a ceiling in your home and there is no plumbing installed above the space, you know that it is likely coming from your roof. If you are experiencing a leak in your home's ceiling and there is a room above it, inspect the above space to look for any water leaks from pipes or other sources.
A roof that has become damaged from weather, wind, or age can loosen and cause damage to your shingles, allowing water to seep through your roof's layers and into the interior of your home. Once the water has seeped through the roofing felt and through the roof plywood decking, it can travel into your attic and down into walls and ceilings of your home. At this point, you may need to repair and replace wet insulation and drywall, and also any wooden joists that have grown mold or mildew.
But first, repair the roof damage to prevent further water leaks. Safely get upon your roof to determine where the leak has come in from. Look for any shingles that are curling up, missing, or cracked. You will need to remove the damaged shingle and replace it or a missing shingle with a new one. It is helpful if you have extra shingles from the last time your roof was replaced, or you can order a box of replacement shingles from a roofing company to match your existing shingles as closely as possible.
It may also be necessary to replace any damaged roofing deck that was saturated from the leak. Water damaged roofing deck can cause dry rot to the wood and eventual failing and collapse of your roofing deck, So, it is recommended to have a professional roofing company inspect your roof for damage before repairing the shingles and replace any water-damaged roof materials.
Basement and Foundation Leaks
Water leaking into your basement, foundation slab, or crawlspace can often be caused by poor roof drainage. When water running from your roof is not properly diverted down and away from your home and its foundation, the water saturates the soil to create an increase in water pressure around your home, which causes water to seep into your basement. Water will travel downward and on the path of least resistance. You can use these rules to help divert water away from your home to keep its interior dry.
Inspect your roof's gutters to find any holes or cracks that may allow water to drip from them during a rain storm. It can be helpful to watch your gutters during a rain storm to see if any water leaks improperly from them. You can also run water onto your roof from your garden hose to check how well your gutters work. If you find any cracks or holes on your gutters, complete the repairs or have them repaired by a gutter and roofing professional.
The roof downspouts that drain water from the gutters also need to function well. The water that drains from the bottom of your downspouts should be dispersed and diverted from the soil around your home by a splash block or a downspout diverter or extender.
It is recommended to install a splash block to divert water at least two to three feet from your home's foundation. If your home has a basement, you need to use a downspout diverter to move the rainwater from three to six feet away from your home. Then providing a slope to the soil around your home's foundation can promote additional rainwater drainage away from your home.
Use these tips to help keep your home's interior protected from water leaks during wet weather.Share
22 June 2017
I was concerned that a recent hailstorm might have caused damage to my roof. While inspecting my roof, the roofing contractor noted cracked shingles and granule loss from the impact of the hailstones. I didn't want my roof to start leaking, so I immediately had the damaged shingles replaced. Hi, my name is Troy Blakely and in this blog, you'll find out about the various types of shingle damage. You'll also learn how to determine if you need to have your roof repaired or replaced. I didn't know this information until the roofing contractor explained it to me. Then I decided that I would help other people by spreading the word. A damaged or leaky roof can cause expensive damage to the inside of your home and that's why it's so important to address roof issues as quickly as possible.