How to Prevent a Roof Leak
PREVENT ROOF LEAKS
After you’ve had your roof repaired or replaced, there are a few easy steps you need to take to prevent it from leaking again:
- TRIM THOSE TREES – Falling tree branches can puncture your roof, while low-hanging limbs can scrape your roof’s surface over time, compromising its performance.
- KEEP GUTTERS AND DOWNSPOUTS CLEAN – Falling leaves, acorns and other small debris can clog your gutters and downspouts, giving water a place to accumulate. Use a garden hose to remove clogs and keep your gutters clear. If you have a stubborn clog, remove the downspout and clear it with a mop handle or other long object.
- CHECK YOUR COLLARS AND FLASHING – Some roof leaks are caused by cracked or missing chimney and vent flashing, or compromised pipe collars. If the flashing or collar is badly damaged, it may need to be replaced. If the seal has simply failed, it may be possible to repair it with roofing tar in some cases.