Home Owners Urged to Check and Repair Roof Leaks
Archicentre Director, Robert Caulfield said leaky roof problems can lead to dangerous situations where water can penetrate walls, roof linings, and insulation leading to the growth of mould and deterioration of the home.
“If water has entered the home it is important to have the roof checked for broken tiles, rusted iron and damaged flashing around chimneys.
“Water damage can be caused by heavy rain and storms and also a simple lack of maintenance in clearing out guttering or downpipes which causes the water to back up and enter the home”.
Mr Caulfield said that apart from the structural appearance of the roof, it is also vital that inside the roof cavity is inspected for structural soundness. It is important that roof assessments are conducted by professionals with the appropriate knowledge and safety equipment.
“People who put off having leaks fixed could be putting themselves and their families at risk, especially if the water is likely to enter the electrical system or appliances,” Mr Caulfield said.
ROOF CHECK LIST
- Check guttering and downpipes are clear of fallen leaves, sticks and other debris.
- If there have been storms or high winds look for broken or cracked roof tiles, loose ridge and valley tiles allowing bird and possum entry as well as water leaks.
- Check that corrugated iron sheets are in good condition and well attached.
- Ensure valley and eaves guttering are free from holes and rust. Even small holes can create large leaks often making extensive replacement necessary.
- Make sure flues and chimneys are structurally safe and the flashings around them are secure against water penetration.
- Check inside the roof space for water stains or pinholes of light indicating holes in the roof or flashings.