How To Prevent Roof Leaks

Friday 25th March 2022

Alice Redshaw

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According to the Met Office, the rainiest places in the UK see more than 4 metres of rain per annum. It is no surprise, then, that many households experience of flooding and throughout the year.

If you have suffered flood damage, we can help. We have extensive experience in the field, and are equipped with the knowledge to restore your home to a safe environment.

Have a read of our blog where we explore how you can prevent leakages from occurring in your property.

What causes roofs to leak?

Roofs can leak for a number of reasons, all of which can cause significant damage to your home.

For example, they may occur because of:

  • Heavy rainfall
  • Faulty installations
  • Neglect
  • Holes

Flood Guidance provide some useful information about the different kinds of flooding you could experience in the UK. Also, to find out if you're in an area that will be affected by flooding and heavy rainfall, click here. 

Now let's take a look at some of the main reasons why leakages happen:

Maintaining trees near the roof

Though they may not be your first thought when it comes to causes of roof leaks, overgrown trees can produce several issues.

It is important to cut trees back that are encroaching on the roof area, as they create a damp environment and cause gutters to become clogged with dirt and grime.

Calling in professional tree specialists to cut back trees is the safest route, as they will be equipped with the right tools for the job and know how to carry out the service with care.

If you take the time to properly maintain trees in your garden, they will make a lovely addition to your home.

Cleaning gutters

Clogged gutters are another culprit for causing flooding in the home. You should ideally get them serviced twice annually to prevent build up of matter like debris and leaves.

If your gutters are blocked, this prevents the water from flowing through them properly and leads to a build up of water on the surface of the roof.

They play a very important function to your home so need to be well-maintained. Here at ICE Cleaning, we provide efficient roof cleaning services and deliver excellent results to our customers. We're available 24/7, 365 days a year to help you with whatever you need.

Keeping shingles in good repair

If you have experienced severe weather conditions, it is a good idea to check the state of your roof shingles. This is because they can be blown off by heavy winds and leave your home vulnerable to flooding.

After inspecting the shingles, you may find there are some missing. In this instance, they must be replaced straight away to prevent further issues arising.

When conducting the inspection, you should make sure all holes in the roof are sealed off and look out for any damaged shingles. 

However, if you do find yourself a victim of a leak call in the professionals to help. We provide flood damage restoration nationwide and can be on site within the hour in cases of emergency.

Examine your attic

Taking a look in your attic regularly is a great way to spot early signs of leakage. While examining this space, check that your ventilation isn't clogged. This can lead to water damage if not treated.

If you spot mould forming in your attic, this could be another indication that your roof is leaking. That environment provides the perfect space for mould to develop, which can be bad for your health. To find out more about our mould remediation services, please click here.

Finding evidence of leaks early on can prevent costly repairs to your property further down the line. Once you have noticed signs of leaking, seek expert help to begin repair work.

Check the drip edge

This plays a crucial role in protecting your home from the elements, as well as from pesky insects. Not only this, but it adds to the appeal of your home if you ever wish to sell.

When checking the drip edge, you should check for any damage. If you do spot some, you should get it sorted as soon as possible. Harm can be caused to the fascia board that sits underneath if the drip edge is not working properly.

It is recommended to monitor the drip edge often to prevent your home being impacted by flood damage. It might be best to get a professional to do this for you, as they will know how to identify the source of the issue and fix it accordingly.

Our flood damage cleaning services

During the restoration work, we utilise only the latest techniques and solutions for our customers. Our technicians also undergo thorough safety training prior to doing any work for this so they know how to adapt to all kinds of situations on site.

Throughout the clean, we will follow strict safety guidelines and procedures to protect the well-being of everyone involved. We take the safety of our staff and customers extremely seriously.

Additionally, our customer support team can contact others on your behalf if you wish. This includes:

  • Surveyors
  • Insurance companies
  • Water companies

Get in touch

To book our flood damage cleaning services, get in touch with the team today on 0208 066 0360 or enquiries@icecleaning.co.uk. A member of our friendly team will be able to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

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