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When the Roof Leaks, Repairs are Critical

When the Roof Leaks, Repairs are Critical By Craig Friesen
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

We often take the roof over our heads for granted but when it becomes necessary fewer projects are more critical than a roof leak.

The integrity of the roof is extremely important and preventing or fixing problems that arise in a timely manner should be a priority for any homeowner. You may want to accomplish minor roof repairs yourself but if you are uncertain by all means consult a professional. Allowing a roof leak to continue for more than a short while can lead to all sorts of other undesirable problems.

Problems Caused by Roof Leaks

Obviously when the roof leaks the water has to go somewhere. There are several potential side effects of water seeping into your house through the roof:
  • The roof or house structure itself can become unstable if water from a roof leak has time to rot the wood.
  • Water that reaches the ceiling in your home can create unsightly stains that are likely not removable.
  • If your attic does not have enough ventilation or the roof repairs are not finished soon enough you may have problems with mold and mildew.

Getting on Top of Roof Repairs

When you become aware of a roof leak, identifying the problem is the first step. Sometimes all that is required for the roof repair is to replace some flashing or shingles that have come loose. If the damage to the roof is extensive then repairs to the structure or to the entire roof may become necessary. Keeping your roof free of debris is a good way to prevent roof leaks. Even then, a strong wind or erosion over time can make roof repairs and replacement necessary. While some home renovation projects can wait until you have the time or money, a roof leak repair job usually should be taken care of immediately to prevent additional damage.

About the Author
Craig Friesen is a freelance writer and an ordained Mennonite minister in rural Saskatchewan, Canada. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from University of Manitoba and a Master of Divinity degree from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. A computer hobbyist, Craig operates several home-based online businesses in his leisure time.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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