April showers bring…you know the rest of the saying. Every year, spring brings Connecticut rain. With that rain, homeowners will commonly notice roof leaking. This roof leaking can come in the form of slow drips that occasionally make their way into the bucket you found in your garage and brought into your kitchen. Or, they can seemingly come out of nowhere and cause serious damage very quickly. Our eastern Connecticut roofers will walk you through the possible answers to the question, “Where is my roof leaking?”
Missing or loose shingles
This should be an easy place for homeowners to spot roof leaking. It is common for water to make its way under loose or missing shingles and wreak havoc. The good news is that it is easy for homeowners to recognize and can be inexpensive to fix. However, this problem is common in two situations. Either the roof is old, or the roof is newer but has a manufacturer’s defect or incorrect installation. If your roof is old and shingles are missing, it is likely that your roof has more problems than just that leak.
The plywood under your roof boards could be rotting due to water seeping under shingles, or your shingles could be in poor condition. We recommend contacting eastern Connecticut roofers to have them assess the condition of your roof. It may be worthwhile to inquire about a roof replacement, as opposed to just fixing the current problem.
However, your roof could be in good condition other than the missing shingles. This problem could be alleviated with a simple repair. We recommend talking to your eastern Connecticut roofers about the possibility of an insurance claim. We have had multiple customers contact us about roof damage who ended up going through insurance after talking to us and got money for their repair or full roof replacement.
When installing a new roof, it is imperative that the chimney is sealed tightly to avoid roof leaking. This is done with chimney flashing. These are pieces of metal that are installed around your chimney and provide a seal to prevent roof leaking. Over time, chimney flashing will wear down and can crack, which will cause imperfections in the seal. If your flashing has been replaced recently, it is possible that the installer did not seal the chimney correctly, which will also cause leaking.
Vent pipes stick out of your roof and are designed to regulate the air pressure in your plumbing system. It removes gas and other odors from your piping system while also introducing fresh air to this system. Vent pipes typically have flashing around them and are covered by a rubber boot. These rubber boots can begin to deteriorate fairly quickly from exposure to the sun and poor weather. They often become brittle, cracked, and loosen away from the pipe. This leads to an exposed area that will introduce water to your roof sheathing. Don’t worry, as long as the problem is fixed quickly, it is usually inexpensive and easy for eastern Connecticut roofers to fix.
Skylights can transform your home and really make it a comfortable space. However, when not installed properly, skylights can become a headache by allowing roof leaking. This can also happen when the skylight sealing becomes worn. You absolutely want professional eastern Connecticut roofers to inspect this problem for you.
As always, we recommend hiring a professional roofing contractor to inspect and perform work on your roof. However, this list will give you a good start on where to consider when you notice roof leaking. Be sure to check out our Roof Inspection Checklist, this will also help you in determining if there is roof leaking. To schedule an appointment and have our eastern Connecticut roofers look into any of these issues, click here.
It is important to hire professional eastern Connecticut roofers for your home maintenance. All situations can vary greatly, this article is meant as a guide to assist you in roof leaking situations that may occur. This is not a complete list or statement of every possible scenario that could happen. We are not to be held liable for any damage or injury sustained directly or indirectly from the information provided in this or any of our other articles/posts.