Preventing Water Damage: Roof

Roof

Outside Your Home

The devastation isn't limited to the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry rooms. Leaking roofs, poor drainage, and clogged gutters and downspouts can also lead to significant water damage inside your home.

Maintenance
  • Keep roof, valleys, gutters, and downspouts free from buildup of leaves, twigs, and other litter preventing proper drainage. Leaves, debris, and dirt near roof edges or outside the gutters may impair drainage and lead to deterioration.
  • Proper roof and eave ventilation may help extend the life of the roof by reducing the buildup of heat and moisture in the attic.
  • Preservatives available for some types of roofs may help limit weathering effects of moisture and retard growth of molds and mosses.
  • Avoid walking on a roof to limit wear and tear. Only necessary repairs or inspections should warrant walking on the roof.
  • Keep trees trimmed to prevent them from rubbing against the roof or from providing excessive shade.
Warning Signs
  • Missing, curling, cupping, broken, or cracked shingles.
  • Damage or deterioration around the flashing at chimneys, vents and other junctions.
  • Damage or deterioration in valley areas of the roof.
  • Water stains on your ceiling may signal a leak in the roof. If possible, check your attic around flues, plumbing vents, and chimneys.
  • Pooling or ponds of water that fail to drain from flat or low sloped roofs may indicate low areas and inadequate drainage.
Gutters/Downspouts
  • Clean debris from your gutters and inspect them regularly.
  • Consider purchasing gutter shields if your gutters frequently fill with debris.
  • Downspouts should extend several feet away from the house to carry water away from the foundation.
Other Outdoor Items
  • Disconnect garden hoses from all spigots before the start of winter.
  • Fill in any low spots around the house so water drains away from the foundation.
  • Inspect caulking around windows and doors and replace as needed where cracked or deteriorated.
  • Repaint wood siding as needed.