It isn't always easy living in The Big Easy. New Orleans is notorious for its large amount of rainfall, receiving about 60 inches every year. With so much water falling out of the sky, it's no surprise that many local residents often struggle with leaky roofs. On top of that, many people don't even know their roof is letting water into the house until it's too late.
A leaky roof can cause untold amounts of damage to your property as well as your sanity, so fixing the problem before it gets out of hand is crucial. To that end, let's take a look at some warning signs that water is making its way into your home and what you can do about it.
When people imagine a leaky roof, they often think of water dripping down in their living room. While this certainly happens sometimes, leaks are very often much more subtle than this. Homeowners noticing ugly stains on their ceiling very likely have water permeating through the roof.
However, roof leakage doesn't even have to make it to the ceiling before you can notice it. Taking a quick peek at your shingles and downspouts may reveal that some are either bending or missing altogether. If this is happening over a large portion of your home, there's a good chance that you may have some leaks that you didn't even know about.
The first step toward fixing this problem is nailing down exactly where the leak on your roof is.. While the damage to your shingles may be at the top of the roof, the leak that's actually allowing water into your home may be at the bottom. Water will trickle in through the shingles, down the roof frame and to the hole that will let it in.
If the problem is solely within the shingles, you can most likely remove and replace them yourself. However, it's most likely best to get a local professional to look at it. It's impossible to know the extent of the damage without having some experienced eyes, and you don't want to fix a problem that's only part of a larger issue.
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