Atlanta Roofing – I Have a Roof Leak! What Do I Do Now?

12187_B17_rgbMost Atlanta roofing leaks happen at the most inconvenient time, like in the middle of a severe downpour.

The last thing you want to do is overreact. Any kind of inspection or correction can be performed until after it stops raining.
The first thing you need to do is collect the water that is dripping in your home. This will prevent the water that is splashing out from contacting the floor. Be sure to wipe up any leftover water that is on your floor. Clearly you will have to empty the containers before they are completely filled to keep more water from leaking on your floor. Have extra containers on hand to replace the ones that are filling.
As soon as the rain stops and the roof dries, somewhat, you will need to try and find the leak. The spot of the actual leak will probably not be directly over where the water was dripping into your home.
You will be better off to find an professional Atlanta roofing contractor to inspect your roof and identify the exact area of your leak. Only experienced, professional Atlanta roofing contractors have skill to identify specifically where leaks are occurring and the equipment required to access your roof.
If you are one of those folks that insist on doing your own inspection then use the following tips and hints on how and where to begin looking for leaks.
  • Areas around flashings and in valleys are the most common locations for leaks. Damaged roofing materials can also be the cause of leaks.
  • Roof penetrations at plumbing vents and chimneys should be the initial place to begin seeking potential troubles.
  • The vertical slits in composition shingles are notorious for wear and/or deterioration.
  • Skylights have a record for leaking. Carefully checkout all joints, flashings, and caulking around the skylights.
  • You will need to closely inspect valleys for cracks, holes, damage, and deterioration of the shingles and/or flashing.
  • Step wall flashing rests where a roof extends alongside a vertical wall.  Part of the flashing is laid up on the wall, as the other part gets covered by the following row of shingles.
  • Although some roofs extend alongside a wall, others stop where a wall has been constructed. This is identified as a head wall. In this case, head wall flashing must be installed to funnel water streaming down the wall, away from the stopping point of the shingles. This flashing may be behind wood siding, or in front of a brick wall. The flashing should extend over the shingles by three inches, at least. If the wall consists of masonry or brick, the flashing ought to bend and extend an inch into a mortar joint.
It is always a excellent idea to investigate your roof before a leak. Seasonal roof inspections can avert future troubles, particularly after wind or hail storms.

Once again, it is emphasized that if you do lack the skill to pinpoint present or possible problems on your roof, and the required tools, you speak to a professional Atlanta roofing Pro to do your inspection.

You will find that nearly all professional Atlanta roofing contractors will do a detailed roof inspection for you and at a very minimal price or in some cases, free.

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