How to Deal With a Leaky Roof After Hail Hits
Finding a leak in your roof can be a stressful situation, but it's more common than you think after a Florida hail storm. The most important thing is to take action to prevent any further damage to your home.
Often you can find the source of the leak just by checking inside your house. Try to locate the source of the leak by checking for water stains on your ceiling or walls, and trace the water back to its origin.
If the roof leak is minor, you can place a bucket or container under the leak to catch the water. But if the leak is more severe, a tarp or plastic sheeting over the affected area to prevent further water damage. It's a good idea to call a professional roofer to assess the damage and make any necessary repairs. A roof is a dangerous place after a storm since there may be soft spots. Do NOT go up on the roof yourself.
Hail damage can cause small dips or breaks in a roof. It can be sneaky and you may not see anything at all. You can check your gutters to see if there are any indentations. Keep in mind just because you don't spot anything, doesn't mean it isn't there. Roof shingles may lose granules due to hail which can age the shingles ahead of their time.
Finding the Source of the Leak
If there are no wet marks or stains inside your house, there are some steps you can take to help you locate the problem:
1. Check the attic: look for any signs of water damage or moisture. Follow the trail of any water stains to the source of the leak.
2. Check the flashing: Flashing is the metal or plastic strips that are used to seal the edges and joints of your roof. Can you visually see if it is damaged or missing, without climbing up onto the roof?
3. Check the gutters: Clogged gutters can cause water to overflow and leak into your home. Make sure your roof gutters are clear of debris and are properly draining water away from your house. So many homeowners neglect to check their gutters before a storm. With all the trees in Central Florida, debris can quickly pile up. If you have plants growing in your gutters, it's time to get them cleaned out!
Is it Coming from The Flashing?
If you suspect that the roof flashing could be the source of the leak, as mentioned above, it will need to be inspected. We do NOT recommend you get up on your roof, especially if it could be damaged. It's time to call a professional roofer to repair or replace the flashing to prevent further leaks and damage to your home.
Hail Damage Can Be Hidden
If a storm went through and there was large hail, you need to investigate any damage to your roof. If hail damage is not taken care of, any asphalt underneath your roof shingles could be exposed. All you need is another storm to directly impact your roof, and major damage could occur. Hot temperatures and even wildlife could now wear down the roof and expose your home to more leaks and holes.
The bottom line is if you've experienced a hail storm event, the best course of action is to call your local roofer Triangle Roofing Inc. Joe will get up on your rooftop and check for damage. Call us today at (386) 673-6600.