There is no question that today is the day of Pinterest and other Do-It-Yourself websites that encourage homeowners to take charge and handle all types of projects on their own. However, when it comes to your roof, you should proceed with caution when it comes to a DIY approach. After all, chances are you wouldn’t operate on someone if you didn’t have a medical degree, so it may not be a good idea to try and handle extensive roofing repairs if you don’t know what you are doing.
However, with that being said, there are a few things you may be able to handle – related to your roof – without the guidance and knowledge of the professionals. One of these is checking your roof for leaks. There are a few DIY tips that can help let you know when a problem is present. Finding the issue is half the battle and once it is found, you can simply call in the pros to provide the necessary repairs.
Search for Leaks when It’s Dry Out
If it is raining outside, and a leak forms, it is going to be pretty obvious there is a problem. But what about the leaks that never quite make it to the interior of your home. In these situations, if you don’t know what to look for, the problem could get pretty bad.
When it isn’t raining, you should take some time to search for previous areas where a leak was present. To do this, you should check every inch of your roof or attic for signs of mold, ceiling tiles that appear darker than others, and damp insulation.
Use Your Five Senses when it is Raining
If there is a heavy downpour going on outside, take some time to venture into your attic and check the space out for signs of a leak. You can use your five senses to ensure you find any potential problems.
- Look for any dark spots
- Smell for mildew or mold
- Listen for any dripping water
- Touch the insulation for dampness
It is not highly recommended to taste anything while doing your inspection, so sticking with four senses for this would be best.
Keep in mind, this DIY roof inspection process is not foolproof. When it comes to leaks in your Kansas City home, there may be some hidden issues that only a professional will know to look for. This is why it is highly recommended that you seek a professionals help when inspecting a roof. They can ensure no issues are present.