Davis Roofing: Article About Roof Inspection
Inspecting a roof can be a difficult and challenging process if not done correctly. Normally, a Davis roofing contractor should be called for inspection for those who are not experienced or do not know what they are doing. If the homeowner wants to inspect their roof in case of an immediate problem, such as a roof leak, then there are simple steps to do so.
First and foremost, the homeowner should never climb up the roof when it is wet or in icy weather. The person inspecting the roof should wear tennis shoes or work boots that can grip the surface of the shingles. Rubber soles are the best.
When looking for leaks, the inspector could take a hose to the top of the roof. Using the hose, spray liberally to find the spots where the water is draining and not running to the gutters. These spots are the locations of the leak. Once the leak is found, inspect the roof shingles to make sure there is no degradation or breakage. If the shingles are not damaged it means there is further damage below the upper layer of the roof. A homeowner can replace a shingle on his or her own, but a professional should come in if there is further damage.
While inspecting the roof, the homeowner should also clean out the gutters.
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This can be done by simply running water through the tip of the gutter spout and sweeping out the rest around the edges of the house. Leaks can occur when the gutter is clogged and overflowing, so this might also solve the roof of the house's leaking problem.
Finally, the wood around the upper parts of the house should be inspected for dry rot. Dry rot is especially common below the shingles where it is hard to see. Over time, the paint wears off of the house and exposes the wood below. This wood rots with exposure to water and mold. Dry rot should be replaced immediately. Once wood is exposed, the parts around the exposure are also compromised.
Other less common places that may cause a leak or other structural problems are around the chimney or roof flashing. Over time, the shingles below flashing can wear down and cause a leak that cannot be seen underneath the flashing's material. It is easiest to run water over the flashing to see if it is seeping below.
It is important to check for leaks anywhere around the roof. These can lead to structural problems not only on the roof itself but also for the rest of the house.