One small drop of water dripping from the ceiling could have you running for a bucket. It’s the problem every home owner dreads. A roof leak is basically rainwater getting through the weather-proofing of your roof and has the potential to inflict expensive damage to your home.
It can be very challenging to find the cause of the leak. That is because the source rarely matches the spot the water is leaking through. The water may get in through one spot, then travel through crevices and leak out at a spot a considerable distance away.
Here are a couple of the most common causes:
- Skylights and chimneys: While these are great additions to a house, by installing them, you may have compromised the waterproofing of the roof. Sometimes the capping of an old chimney cracks due to wear and tear and can cause the roof to leak.
- Cracked flashing: This happens quite often. The flashing is waterproof material at the joints in the roof where two planes meet. These can develop cracks over time, allowing water to ingress. If this happens in a new roof, it indicates that the flashing was not detailed well.
- Damage to the ridge capping: The ridge capping can get damaged due to high winds and rain and compromise the waterproofing of the house.
If you have a roof leak, don’t waste time. Get a plumber immediately who can start looking for the source of the leak and plug it. At Salmon Plumbing we are open 24/7, so give us a call and we will be there at the earliest.