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Roof Leak Detection Services
A roof leak is never good news. First you have to find the location of the leak, and then you have to get it fixed. The time you spend figuring out how to fix a roof leak is time you could be spending on other things, all of which would probably be more enjoyable. Atlantic Craftsman Co. can help minimize the frustration and expense by taking care of a roof leak quickly and professionally with our roof repair services. Check out our professional repair and maintenance services here to get a better idea of what we do.
Steps To Determine Source Of Roof Leak
The first factor that we would look into would be this question: are we actually dealing with a roof leak? We have to verify that first, because in some cases the source of the leak isn’t the roof at all. It could be your heating/AC system having some condensation, which is causing the water to drip and cause water staining on your walls or ceiling. It could also be a plumbing situation – a leaky pipe, a loose valve, or something else involving the plumbing system in your house.
Once we have determined that there are no other sources of water causing wet spots on the ceiling and/or walls, we can be reasonably sure that we do have a roof leak. Now we can determine where and how the water is getting in.
There are several situations in which your Hampton Roads roof would allow water in from the outside:
Loose, cracked or rotting shingles: This is one of the most common roof leak occurrences, and is most likely to happen if your asphalt shingle roof is more than 15 or 20 years old. That’s getting up in years for asphalt shingles, especially under our strong sun. We can look at the roof and see if it makes sense to repair the location of the leak, or if it would be more cost effective to replace the roof.
A nail that has backed out: In a shingle roof, you might find that a shingle nail has somehow backed itself out and cut through the top shingle. You would be surprised at how much water can enter in through that one little nail hole. Over time this can mean quite a bit of water damage. Catching it early is a cheap fix.
Bad flashing installation: Flashing is the metal piece that seals up the area where the roof meets a vertical surface, such as a chimney or a wall. If this is not installed properly, water will find a way in eventually. Nails can also work themselves out of flashing.
Crack around plumbing vent: The plumbing vent is one of the things that protrudes through the roof, and it has to be properly sealed. The base of the vent is normally enclosed by a rubber “boot”, which itself is also covered with shingles. Since these boots are made of rubber, after a while they develop cracks and breaks from extended exposure to the sun. This is one of the first areas we check for a roof leak.
Having been a roofer in Hampton Roads for more than 40 years, Atlantic Craftsman Co. knows exactly what to look for to track down a roof leak. Remember, water is persistent and it can travel quite a distance before you see it showing up on your ceiling. By the time you notice it in the interior, the actual roof could have started leaking weeks before that (or longer). That’s why it is important to call us as soon as you notice a problem. The earlier we catch the problem and take care of it, the smaller (and less expensive) the problem is.
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