Zach Walter is a Field Representative and Inspector with Point Roofing and Restoration, serving all of Southern Idaho including Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Nampa, Star, Kuna, Idaho Falls, Ammon, and all surrounding areas.
John Binkley is a Field Manager and Inspector with Point Roofing and Restoration, serving all of Southern Idaho.
So it’s raining outside… And inside, too?! Yes, unfortunately, you have a leaking roof.
Other not-so-obvious signs of a leaking roof are bulges or discoloration in your ceiling. It’s likely that water is pooling on the other side of that bulge or dark spot. You’ve got to take immediate action.
Contain the Leak and Prevent any Further Damage
Put a bucket, trash can, or some other container under the site of the drip or suspected leak. Note: Consider propping up a board inside the container so the drips hit the board and not the accumulated water. This will prevent the repetitive and annoying dripping sound.
Now, get a screwdriver, and locate the center of the bulge where water is accumulating and puncture it right in the middle. Though it might seem counterintuitive to punch a hole in your ceiling to stop a leak, the new hole will allow the water to drain smoothly and relieve pressure on the rest of your ceiling. If water accumulates and pools, the entire ceiling could collapse. The general rule with ceilings is that smaller holes are easier to fix than big ones.
Call a Professional
The problem is identified and contained. Well done! This is normally where you call a roofing contractor. But you changed the oil in your El Camino last weekend after just watching a few videos on YouTube, so you can do it yourself, right?
Unless you really know what you’re doing, this isn’t a DIY project. Given the expense and catastrophic damage that could result from shoddy work, we recommend you hire someone well experienced, like Point Roofing in Boise, Idaho, to handle your leaking roof.
Next Step, Rely on Your Experienced Roofing Contractor.
When your roofer comes to inspect and give you an estimate, keep your antenna up for common red flags. Anyone will first check out the original roof leak — and your nifty screwdriver hole. It’s what they do next that counts.
An experienced roofing professional will inspect your roof both from the exterior of the roof itself as well as the inside of your home, typically the attic. Inspecting the underside of the roof sheeting can show signs of water damage, however it is not a fool-proof method so inspecting the roof for damage is needed as well.
It’s impossible to exaggerate how important it is to act quickly when it comes to a leaking roof – the clock is ticking. Leaking roofs never fix themselves or get better on their own. By letting 24 hours turn into 48 hours, you’re increasing the likelihood that what could have been a manageable problem might result in catastrophic structural damage or mold contamination. While mold might not sound like a menace, its worst variations can kill you. At the very best, it’s gross and unsightly.
The leak isn’t bad — yet. Get it fixed now!
If you do spot of any of these problems, contact an experienced roofing professional, like Point Roofing. Not only can we perform the proper roofing repair, we can also help you take steps to prevent these problems in the future.
For expert help with ice dams in the Treasure Valley area, contact us today. Point Roofing and Restoration is rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau, and serve Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Nampa, Caldwell, Kuna, Garden City, Star, Middleton, Homedale, Marsing, Greenleaf, and the surrounding areas.
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Roof Leak? Call an Experienced Professional
Dealing with a roof leak can be very dangerous. While we write this article to assist those who like to “do it” or “Diagnose it themselves”, We always recommend having an experienced professional handle your roof leak. At Point Roofing we have the experience and certifications to handle any roof leak on any structure, residential or commercial.
Think Safety First
Fussing to try and find a leak as soon as it happens is something that could put you in the hospital. Meddling on a roof while it’s raining or covered with ice and snow isn’t the ideal way to find a leak. Trying to temporarily fix a leak could be highly dangerous. If you want to do it right, there is no quick-fix. Just take your time, and be very patient and careful to wait for Mother Nature to give you the green light.
Being on a roof will put the body in positions that are not comfortable or safe. Make sure to wear rubber sole shoes to prevent slipping. Also use a harness and always work with a buddy.
Spray the Roof
Take a garden hose and go up to the roof and start spraying in different locations to find the leak. Wait if it’s wintertime because it’s not safe to run water on the roof when it’s freezing out.
Keep Gutters Clean
One of the most common areas and causes for roof leaks are clogged gutters. Gutters that have not been cleaned can cause the water to build up during rain.
Avoid Dry Rot
Dry rot isn’t related to any type of water damage, but lack of ventilation. If a roof repair is right in the middle of the roof, there is a chance that the plywood might be deteriorating. The roof will actually sag in and cause the roof shingles to get brittle, crack and then leak. Preventing dry rot consists of installing proper ventilation. We highly recommend vented ridge, however it is very important to make sure that there is enough intake air to allow the ridge vent to work.
Prevent Ice Buildup
In the wintertime, ice has no problem building up under the roof membrane, shingles and gutters. The ice builds back up when it reaches the wall line where the house is heated and it creates an interior drip. Proper ventilation, rain and ice shields along with installing a drip edge will help prevent this problem. If you do see signs of ice dams, it is important to get those removed as quickly as possible. Check out our blog on Ice Dams for more information.
Fix Roof Boots
Flashing, roofing, ice damming and skylights are all obvious places for potential leaks. One thing people often miss is the rubber boots. It’s where the plumbing and HVAC vents comes up that you find roof boots. If they dry up they will get brittle and crack, and can quickly cause major leaks. It’s a quick fix; purchase a new roof boot in a local hardware store. You may have to remove some of the shingles, lay a better tar under it and put it back in place.
Sometimes shingles are faulty and will begin to crack after they’ve been nailed down. If you have concerns your roofing materials may be faulty it is a good idea to call an expert to inspect the shingle for signs of a manufacturer recall. It can be a difficult process to determine if a roof has been recalled and replace the roof.
A valley is where the intersection of two roofs comes together. It is also called the ridge, which is again where two roofs meet at the top. Valleys are very common places for leaks because that’s where the water from the entire roof goes to and it will start sloshing back and forth. Keep in mind, the valley is the easiest area of the roof to walk and also the easiest to damage. Take caution to keep your feet to the outside of the valley to avoid tearing this very sensitive and critical area.
Check the Attic Space
If you cannot easily tell where the leak is coming from on top of the roof, get into the attic and track the leak to the area where it is coming in. Sometimes you will be surprised how far the water traveled before you noticed it coming inside.
It’s important not to get discouraged when a leak can’t be found. It’s a process of elimination. You’ve covered one area, installed the shingles back and sealed it watertight so at least one spot is eliminated. Now, you can try other areas.
For expert residential roof repair and replacement in the Treasure Valley area, contact us today. Point Roofing and Restoration is rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau, and serve Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Nampa, Caldwell, Kuna, Garden City, Star, Middleton, Homedale, Marsing, Greenleaf, and the surrounding areas.
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When heavy snowfall pushes weight limits on the roof to dangerous levels, it is imperative that the snow be removed to prevent a roof collapse.
A roof collapse causes significant building damage, endangers people’s lives, risks damaging or destroying building contents, halts or reduces productivity, and usually leads to huge financial losses. Even winter’s routine freeze/thaw cycle can contribute to roof defects that can cause your roof to leak and damage your property. Snow removal can make all the difference!
We understand the importance of removing heavy snows before they damage your roof’s structural integrity. Our crews are experienced in removing snow in accordance with OSHA safety regulations. When you enroll your facility in one of our snow removal programs, you can count on us to be there to remove damaging snow before it affects your roof. We’re offering two types of snow removal services: Pre-Storm Program and Emergency Response Service.
Snow Load Issues
One foot of light snow is approximately the same weight as one inch of water, which weighs five pounds per square foot. Heavy, wet, or packed snow can weigh substantially more, adding 10–20 pounds per cubic foot of weight to the roof’s surface. Snow that thaws and refreezes can weigh as much as 40–60 pounds per cubic foot. In northern climates where it’s not uncommon to receive three or more feet of snow at a time, the added weight quickly becomes a burden on the roof.
Signs of Snow Overload
Damage to the roof from heavy snow events is progressive. Snow accumulation that is not promptly removed can weaken the roof’s structure and surface, making it easier for subsequent snows to wreak havoc. In addition to making a visual assessment, check for other indicators that your roof has suffered from snow damage.
These signs include:
• Noticeable roof deformities
• New areas of ponding water after snow-melt
• Sagging or bent metal purlins
• Leaking, which could indicate membrane damage
• Audible “popping” noises emanating from the building’s structure
Your facility’s original blueprints might include a notation of safe snow loads, but it can be difficult to determine snow load limits on older facilities and on weakened roof structures.
Factors That Increase Snow Load Problems
Low-slope roofs are more susceptible to damage than steeper roofs because heavy snows cannot easily slide off. Windblown drifting can create huge snow drifts, resulting in substantial loads on certain parts of the roof. Multilevel roofs and rooftop lean-tos encourage drifting—putting low areas of a facility roof at greater risk for damage. Furthermore, snow and ice melt-off can freeze and block drainage systems. Even when snow or ice accumulation doesn’t exceed your roof’s weight capacity, drifting and wind can cause unanticipated roof failures or leaks. Roofs can (and do) cave in with no warning signs.
When the time comes to remove excess snow or ice from your roof, it must be removed by hand, in a checkerboard pattern, to avoid causing instability in the roof. Snow removal equipment designed for use on the ground, such as snow blowers, power brooms, and ordinary snow shovels, can cause damage to your roof, along with skylights and buried gas lines, and you should never use a pick or axe to chop ice. Sending a general maintenance crew to the roof can be risky, due to potentially icy and slippery surfaces. Most maintenance crews do not have the expertise, safety equipment, and snow removal tools necessary to complete the job safely, and can oftentimes do more harm to your roof than good.
Don’t put your people or property at risk. Let our trained and skilled experts remove the snow from your roof. We have the OSHA-approved full protection equipment to properly and safely remove the snow. We also understand your roofing system and know how to protect it during the removal process. We’ll make sure you get your roof cleared without voiding your warranty.
This proactive program is for the building manager or owner who likes to minimize his or her chances of disaster.
Let us know 48 hours before the storm, and we’ll be ready when it hits.
• Receive our top priority response.
• No holdups. One call and it’s done.
• Custom snow removal plans developed for each facility and snow event.
Emergency Response Service
It’s said that the true measure of someone’s character is how he or she reacts in a crisis. So whether your emergency is man-made or courtesy of Mother Nature, you can rely on Point Roofing and Restoration.
Emergency Disaster Response teams nationwide are placed on standby notice.
We’re ready to dispatch and mobilize skilled manpower, specialized equipment, and materials needed to get customers back in business quickly.
We provide all necessary documentation for filing insurance claims.
How Roof Snow Removal Works
All snow removal is to be completed on a time and materials basis. We reserve the right to assess each property on a location to location basis and in some cases, we may refuse to attempt the snow removal, should structural damage be evident, or if safety concerns cannot be rectified prior to the start of work.
Snow removal is a crucial part of commercial roofing maintenance. The professionals at Point Roofing and Restoration can help.
Before scheduling can take place, the owner or owner’s representative is required to deem the building safe.
The owner is to provide Point Roofing with a Not To Exceed (NTE) amount along with a work order or purchase order number before any work can proceed.
Point Roofing will remove the snow from the roof according to the owner or owner’s representative’s specifications. All roof snow removal is to be coordinated with the owner’s ground clearing contractors for handling and removal of the snow from the site, at the owner’s expense.
Point Roofing will take every precaution not to damage the roof during the snow removal. However, if subsequent damage does occur Point Roofing will repair the damage at an extra charge to the owner.
Point Roofing will send “after” pictures of the snow removal along with a sign-off sheet with the signature of the owner’s representative if available at the time of completion.
Mechiella “M.J.” La Pointe has lived in Idaho her entire life except for 2 years she spent in Oregon. Her favorite thing about Idaho is it’s incredible beauty, and how everyone you meet is so nice. M.J. loves exploring the country and traveling by R.V. As much as she loves traveling, she says, “It is always awesome to come home!”
Michael “Mike” La Pointe is Co-Owner of Point Roofing & Restoration along with his wife, MJ. Mike’s responsibilities include daily operations, coordinating projects, and quality control. Mike has been in the roofing / construction industry for about 15 years. He started from the bottom as a young kid, learning everything he possibly could.