Examine your roof yearly to dodge costly rooftop repairs by spotting rooftop drips timely.
This is what you have to look for…
Is there a leakage on your rooftop?
Look for brown stains on the ceiling and if it’s the case you certainly have a leak. Whether this is initiated by a drippy roof or a water heater overflow pipe, you’ll want to discover the source of the problem as soon as possible.
Climb into the ceiling is not always an ideal way to inspect a leaky rooftop as it may be caused by damp, specifically if it’s in your bathroom or laundry room. Take a look at the attic to rule out roof leaks.
How to inspect the roof space.
Use the access panel to access the roof space to check the roof above. Check for places where light is coming through the tiles to localise a slipped tile.
Major leaks caused by several cracked tiles, loose ridge caps or rotten flashings are best left to the professionals.
Replace a slipped tile
A heavy storm, especially with fast winds, can sometimes cause a tile to slip out of place. This can be rectified by moving the tile back into position.
Get a piece of hard wire coat hanger and bend it to fashion a catch at the ending. Use the catch to pull the tile back into place alongside the timber cross beams that support the tiles.
when more than one tile has moved, use wooden planks to raise the two overlying tiles directly above the tile or tiles you require to move.
Switch cracked/broken rooftop tiles
For a cracked/broken rooftop tile, use wooden planks to lift the two overlying tiles right above the cracked/broken tile.
Attempt to drag out the broken tile through the opening. If the tile has been nailed into position, you may need to pull the nail out. Should the tile be stuck in position, as a last resort, you might have to demolish the tile in order to get it out? Remember to wear gloves and goggles to protect your hands and eyes.
Put the replacement tile by maneuvering it into place and making sure that it is placed on the support laths.
Fix slipped, cracked or broken ridge cap
This job compels you to get onto the rooftop to replace and cement a new ridge cap. If in doubt, call the professionals.
Leaks around skylights and domes
Age, bad climate, and faulty installation can frequently result in leakages around skylights, solar domes and other mounted fittings that are attached to the roof. The consistent examination will help find drippings early.
Annually\Yearly inspection the state of the skylights and domes to correct any corrosion or deterioration will make certain that these fittings don’t leak in the future.
If you suspect a leakage in your roof, feel free to make contact with Tremco (specialist roofing contractor) to inspect your rooftop completely. Cell: 073 270 8270 Website: http://tremco.co.za