As warmer weather hits the region, snow and ice starts to melt and may cause new leaks to form. This is caused by the ice and moisture seeping behind the flashings and shingles on your roof. Little leaks can cause some big (and expensive) problems. Here are a few things that you need to know about spring melt and your roof
When moisture starts seeping behind your treated roof, it can soak into your wood. This causes the wood to rot, and if left untreated, it can cause instability of your entire roof. If you start seeing your roof sagging or bending then you need to call a roofing professional immediately to inspect your roof. The last thing you want is your roof suddenly crashing down.
The additional moisture that sinks within the wood and seeps into the walls of your home can cause mold growth. Some types of mold (like black mold) can cause serious illness. Sometimes leaks are less obvious, like in the walls or around entryways. The added moisture and the heat from inside your home is a perfect environment for mold to grow.
These costly issues can be prevented with the right preparation and maintenance. Here are a few things you can do to prevent wood rot and mold from forming:
- Check monthly for any leaks in your attic with a flashlight.
- Look at your roof regularly to check for sagging areas.
- Check inside your home for peeling paint, cracks, or mold.
- Every spring get your roof professionally inspected.
- Perform regular roofing maintenance.
- Replace broken or worn shingles before winter.
- Prevent ice damming during the winter season.
If you need more information about preventing spring leaks, call our roofing professionals at Peak Roofing & Construction today. Dial (972) 335-7325. We would be happy to assist you leak detection and spring maintenance.