Water Damage Hurricane Season : Roof Inspection : Boca Raton

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Preventing Water Damage in Hurricane Season in Boca Raton – Roof Inspection

Hurricane season water damage in Boca Raton is no new experience for many homeowners. Boca has seen its fair share of hurricanes and tropical storms and unfortunately has experienced the expense, inconvenience and health hazards that water damage can cause.

There are hurricanes and then there are hurricanes. In the case of a Category 4 or 5 the best thing you can do is not be in its path. However for lesser storms there are preparations that you can make that can prevent or mitigate damage and one of those steps is making sure your roof, the most likely point of entry, is up to snuff.

Inspecting your roof takes a bit of work but identifying weak points and having them repaired before a storm hits can save you, your family and your bank account a great deal of grief. Inspecting a roof doesn't take a lot of technical knowledge (and it doesn't require walking on the roof) and is an exercise you can easily accomplish on a weekend day.

DIY Roof Inspection

Let's start by saying we do not recommend that you walk on the roof. It can be dangerous and it's a task best left to professionals. That said, there are several steps you can take to identify potential weaknesses or problems with your roof.

  • Start from the inside. The most obvious sign of a leak will be water stains on the ceiling or high on the wall so your first step is to simply look up. Don't forget to inspect areas that are not readily visible like inside closets or above wall units that go nearly to the ceiling. If you spot a stain there are two things to keep in mind. First is the possibility of mold. Florida is a regular petri dish for mold. Secondly the stain does not mean that the leak is directly above it. The leak may be several feet away and the water simply travelled the rafters before dropping.
  • Attic inspection. This can be tricky and may also be a job more suited to a pro. If the "floor" of the attic is covered with insulation it may be covering a "floor" of sheet rock which means you want to stick to exposed joists when walking the attic. Check the wood joists for dry rot and the metal straps to ensure they are secure. Turn out the light and then look for light coming in. Push a nail or a piece of wire up through the space where the light is entering to mark it for roofers on top.
  • Exterior inspection. Trim back any tree limbs that are overhanging your roof. Check the downspout for grains of asphalt that may indicate deteriorating shingles. If you have a pair of binoculars you can do an up close inspection of flashing and eaves by simply walking the perimeter and looking up. If you can access your roof with a ladder you can also do a visual inspection from the ladder looking for missing or damaged shingles and tiles.

If you find any imperfection call a pro and get it repaired. When winds hit over 100 mph a small weakness can become a major breach and at that point you will need our services to remove the water, dry out the property and repair/remodel damaged areas.

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