Roof leak and inspection basics 101
Common Sense Safety Basics–
- Never attempt to stand on a roof that is steeply pitched.
- Never attempt to stand on a tarp especially if it is wet, they are extremely slippery.
- Never attempt going on a roof during any kind of a storm.
- Never climb onto the roof surface as it may be unstable. Use a ladder if necessary.
How do you know if you have suffered roof damage? After a storm has passed it may be difficult to pinpoint the exact location of an obvious deformity or source for leaking. Heavy rain and water damage can range from large, highly visible dents, and tears to almost undetectable indentations. Even small amounts of cosmetic damage can harm the surface of your roof and lead to deterioration causing water damage and possible mold damage over time if not discovered quickly. Leaks can appear to start in one area, but water damage often moves in paths that are not expected.
Before you decide to tarp a roof, first try to identify the roof leak’s origination if you choose to call a restoration company, look for one that offers infrared camera inspections. This way a certified restoration specialist can help in targeting the source of the leak before it leads to more extensive damages.
If you choose to inspect it yourself first, start by checking the underside of the roof sheathing for any signs of water stains. Crawl up into the attic, have a look around to see if you can spot where the source of water may be if it’s draining into your living room. Survey the roof with binoculars to check for any noticeable tears or torn shingles. Use a ladder if necessary.
There are several ways to evaluate the condition of a roof after heavy rains.
Here are a few signs to look for:
• Torn or missing shingles
• Dented metal roof vents
• Missing metal roof panels
• Broken or out of place tiles
• Roof indentations
• Water stains or spots
Which are signs of water damage caused by water leaking underneath the roof deck into the attic. Please Note– Make sure you install or have the material installed over the ridge, this way it directs the water and keeps it from running underneath the plastic and possibly into your home.