Leaky roofs can cause damage to the rest of the building over time, including ceilings, walls, insulation, and flooring. Prompt repair work is essential when the household sees evidence of a leak. Instead of trying to tackle this as a do-it-yourself project, hiring residential roofers is the smart choice. This is important for safety reasons. Also, discovering the leak's source can be challenging, since it may not correspond to the place where water drips inside. 

Safety Issues

There are potentially serious safety issues with do-it-yourself roof repair. Every year, about 500,000 U.S. residents seek medical treatment for injuries connected with falling from a ladder. A full 97 percent of these incidents are not job-related but occur at home or on a farm. Annually, hundreds of people do not survive a fall from a ladder.

People can trip while climbing the ladder or have a foot slip off a rung. The device may slide off the roof's edge. Homeowners also can trip while standing on top of the house, resulting in a fall to the ground.

In contrast, residential roofers have the skills and experience to prevent these types of accidents. The ladders they use are heavy-duty and very sturdy, unlike the lightweight models many homeowners rely on.

Finding the Source

A person naturally assumes that rainwater drips down from a hole onto the ceiling directly below. In reality, water typically travels along the wood deck or beams before it finally drips off. That makes locating the source difficult. 

Professional roofers have the skills and experience to determine where the flaw is located. When homeowners try fixing this, they typically have to make several additional attempts. Even then, they may never be successful.

Leaks are most common at points where the roof connects with another feature. If sealant is not added to flashing around vents and chimneys each year, leaks may develop. A newer section of roofing connected to the original structure also can be a problem area. These sections are installed when homeowners convert a patio to a three-season room or have an addition built onto the house.

Preventing Further Damage

Having the problem fixed promptly by a residential roofing contractor is crucial to prevent further damage. If water continues leaking in, the wood beneath the roof might begin to decay. Mold and mildew can develop. The problem becomes a health hazard as well as a structural issue. The longer this goes on, the more costly the repair and remediation service will be.

Call a roofing company, such as Golden Spike Roofing, if you have a roof leak.

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