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What To Do When Your Roof Starts Leaking

Seeing your roof leak can cause an immediate panic: What do I do? Who can I call? Will it get worse? Is this an emergency? All of these questions might race through your mind. The number one thing to remember is address the issue immediately. Getting the leak fixed right away will likely prevent severe damage to your home. Let’s start at the beginning and discuss signs you have a leak!
Signs Your Roof Is Leaking
There are a few signs to look out for when you suspect a leak. The most obvious are water spots on walls or ceilings. These spots tend to be a brown color and are sign number one of a leak. You may also notice moisture on the ceiling. Moisture and water spots are a sign to act fact, as the water has gone through the attic and insulation already to get to the point of visibility.
Another sign of a leak is clear damage to the outside of your home. If a huge storm has passed through and there has been hail, falling branches, etc. and you think some have hit your roof- we suggest calling us out for an inspection of your property. You might have significant damage from the storm, but probably won’t notice a leak until the next rain fall.
Addressing The Problem
If you suspect even in the slightest you may have a leak, call the professionals. Things such as a tarp may be a temporary fix, but could cost you more in repairs down the road. Professionals are able to quickly locate the problem, the cause of it and give you a solution, plus MLM’s inspections are completely free of charge.
Preventing Future Issues
There are always preventative measures you can take to avoid dealing with a leaky roof. Firstly, we suggest repairing problems as they come up. For example, if a shingle has blown off during a recent storm, getting it patched up immediately is the way to go. And if during the storm you suspect there has been damage that you’re unable to see from the ground, inspections are much cheaper than a much more costly solution down the road.
Another prevention could be surrounding your chimney and fireplace. These fixtures are usually indestructible, but can definitely be the cause of a leaky roof. The brick is incredibly resilient, but the mortar can run into problems. The good news is that you can patch your chimney and waterproof the brick-and-mortar joints to keep water out. This job is relatively quick and inexpensive, but it can save you thousands of dollars in damage if you catch it early.
Let MLM Help
No matter your circumstance, having trained professionals, like MLM, perform a free inspection is step one. We will be able to give you all the information necessary to make the next decision. If you suspect you have a leak, give us a call at 1-844-MLM-ROOF and schedule an inspection!

All About Roof Wind Damage

In the DMV and NJ region, we know the ins and outs of summer storms. A strong storm is always accompanied by high winds, which pose a threat to your home’s exterior. Whether it is wind that’s strong enough to have damaged the integrity of your shingles, or wind that has knocked down branches and debris, we talk about the clear signs of wind damage to look for after a summer storm.
Breaking Down Wind Speeds
The National Weather Service provides a chart that estimates wind speeds through visual damage. If you check your weather app, you could know the mph of the wind and associate it with the potential damage it can cause:
19 to 24 mph: Large branches and small trees in leaf begin to sway.
25 to 31 mph: Large branches in continuous motion. Whistling sounds heard in overhead or nearby power and telephone lines. Umbrellas used with difficulty.
32 to 38 mph: Whole trees in motion. Inconvenience felt when walking against the wind.
39 to 46 mph: Wind breaks twigs and small branches. Wind generally impedes walking.
47 to 54 mph: Structural damage occurs, such as chimney covers, roofing tiles blown off, and television antennas damaged. Ground is littered with many small twigs and broken branches.
55 to 63 mph: Considerable structural damage occurs, especially on roofs. Small trees may be blown over and uprooted.
64 to 75 mph: Widespread damage occurs. Larger trees blown over and uprooted.
Clear Signs of Wind Damage
 
Shingle Damage
Shingle damage is easily seen during a routine roof inspection or even sometimes it is noticeable from the ground. If you are missing any shingles, you have clear roof damage. Wind often causes damage to the edges of your roof or worsens areas of your roof where shingles may have already been loose. Once shingles start blowing off, it causes a chain reaction and can lead to major repairs or a replacement.
Granule Loss
Connected with shingle damage is granule loss. The material on your shingles will wear over time and you may notice very minor granule loss, which is completely normal. If you start to notice bare spots or cracks that you haven’t noticed before, these are signs that the seal on your shingle has broke and it will start to flap. The flapping is a huge warning sign because all it takes is an unexpected storm with winds just strong enough to have it tear off. The good news is that this type of damage isn’t always major. Sometimes it’s localized, and you’re only facing a minor repair.
Debris
Another thing to consider is debris. As stated above, around 30-40 mph cause small branches to break off. If there are lot of branches and other forms of debris laying around your property or on your roof after a storm, we would recommend either performing a roof inspection (if it is safe to do so) or hiring a roofing professional, such as one of MLM’s project consultants, to come out and take a look.
Water Leaks
If the wind compromises the integrity of your shingles during a storm, you will find the effects of the storm on your ceiling and walls. If you notice discoloration (yellow/brown color) or the smell of mold, chances are there is moisture that has leaked through. While you may think it is just a minor leak and that it is harmless, when another storm rolls through it could worsen the issue tenfold. The best thing to do in this case is call a roofing professional to inspect the issue and give you options on what to do next.

 

It’s never fun finding damage after a storm, but let MLM help! Our trained professionals can help guide you from start to finish of the roof replacement process. Starting with a free inspection and consultation, we communicate all your options and help navigate this intimidating process. Give us a call at 844-MLM-ROOF or fill out the form on our website to schedule your inspection!