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Morris County Roofers: Article About Diagnosing and Repairing A Leaky Roof

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Roof leaks can be quite a nuisance for any home or business as moisture can both damage their property and create conditions for health hazards such as mold, mildew and other bacterial growth that could cause breathing problems. When a homeowner has a leaky roof, the wrong thing to do is to delay the repairs in any way. While it's understandable that people may want to put off something like this, letting the problem get worse will only cause more problems and make it even more expensive to fix when the homeowner finally gets around to having it repaired.

In cases like these, it's a good idea to contact professional Morris County roofers to assess the situation, which includes finding and repairing leaks in the roof. The first step in attempting to resolve a leaky roof is to identify the source of the leak; however, this is not an exact science. Just because water is entering the house through that particular area does not mean that this is where the roof has been compromised. The water may be getting under the shingles at a higher point of the roof and flowing downward to the point where the water is leaking on the inside.

On a day when it is not raining, it is possible to simulate the rain with a water hose.

The roofers from Peter W Smith Construction in Morris County NJ would be happy to answer any questions you have about roof repair or gutters.

It is important not to overdo it with the hose, however. If the roof is saturated with more water than the roof and gutters can efficiently dispose of, the water will get backed up and settle and seep through the strongest of roofs. Not to mention that the water will get into the leak the roofers are trying to diagnose.

Diagnosing a roof leak properly will often involve removing shingles in order to find where the water is entering under the shingles. These shingles can be replaced by new shingles. Although not all roof leaks are caused by improper installation, one common mistake when installing a roof is high nailing. This happens when the nails that secure a shingle are improperly placed, in this case too high on the shingle. These nails never catch the shingle underneath. Shingles secured like this have a tendency to slide or rip away from the nail. This increases the chances of losing a shingle in heavy rain and wind. It also increases the likelihood of leakage. Old nail holes that are not filled with roof cement are another possible cause.

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