For private properties, it is not uncommon to find damage after a storm ripples through your area. Commonly, gaps or holes can be found on the surface structure of the roof due to impact damage received from fallen branches. Other than through such direct impacts, your roof may still become liable to leaks over time due to wear and tear. This includes areas that do not weather facing surfaces as rain combined with strong wind is capable of reaching such hidden spots. This is especially true for the seams, joints and overlaps on roofs. In this article, we cover the risks that roof water leakages pose to your home as well as the actions you should take to repair the leaks.
It must be stressed from the start that roof leakages are capable of causing major structural damage to your house in the long run if left unattended. Water often follows a path of least resistance and thus will find its way to gaps in your water protection even if they are not visible to the naked eye. Over time, water that enters these gaps, even if in small quantities, will build up within hidden spaces in your home. The increase in moisture enables the growth of mold and subsequent erosion of the house’s infrastructure.
After a storm, homeowners should conduct a visual inspection of their roof. When doing so, they must be careful while on the roof. Putting too much weight or impact on an already worn down portion of the roof could lead to it giving way. This would create a situation of double jeopardy whereby the roof is further damaged and personal safety is compromised. If leaks are visually spotted, waterproofing measures should be taken immediately.
How then can one repair a leaking roof? First off, simple maintenance works can be carried out by building owners. This includes the temporary application of geotextile bandages to provide coverage, strength, and reinforcement for any gaps found. Subsequently, a simple layer of waterproofing membrane can be applied over the bandage. This should involve a minimum of two waterproofing coats. However, both steps are temporary measures meant to alleviate leakage and not to stop water seepage in the long run.
At this point, building owners should contact a waterproofing company to conduct roof leakage repair works. Rather than resorting to DIY measures, the engagement of professionals will help to preserve the structural integrity of your building in the long run. Furthermore, with their experience and commercial tools, they will be able to find more points of vulnerability that the naked eye is simply unable to spot. This extends to areas that are obscured such as your basement, walls or hidden pipes.