Common Roofing Problems and How to Handle Them

A lot of the times we tend to neglect the importance of proper roof maintenance. As a matter of fact, people who manage or own a building know how crucial it is to make sure that everything is in working order. It is a common misconception to think that by forgetting all about roof maintenance you will save a lot of money and time. Actually, what people fail to understand is that by avoiding regular inspection, the minor issues concerning the roof might become more detrimental over the course of time. Since the roof is there to provide maximum comfort and protection during all seasons, it is important to make sure that professional stops by every once in a while. Frequently, damage to the roof is not easily discovered by non-professionals, so it is essential to make sure that someone with extensive knowledge and experience in this field inspects the damage.

Presence of a leaky roof

The number one issue that might cause a lot of stress for any homeowner is the presence of a leaky roof. The very first sign of this problem are the obvious water stains that appear across ceilings and which might run down the walls. The hardest part of starting off the repairs is locating the source of the leak. The best way to track down the leak is to grab a flashlight and head up the attic. Definitely look for water stains or traces of mold. If you will attempt to fix the issue on your own without consulting a professional, then start off by checking the roof vents for any cracked housings or broken seams (cracked for plastic roof vents, whilst broken seams for metal ones). All in all, you will eventually need to replace the damaged vents. Frequently, homeowners will want to rely on roof cement to get rid of a leaky roof. In fact, this is not the best solution possible, because it only offers a quick fix without permanent results. Caulk, or „roof cement“ should be used for minor holes if needed.

Rusty brick chimneys

Have you got a brick chimney? A lot of issues may arise around brick chimneys. One of the most common ones is rust of the flashing around chimneys. If you want a quick fix, the best way to go is to slip new flashing under the rusted one.


Another common roofing problem that people have been dealing with for years is the presence of ponding. Due to harsh weather conditions, it is likely that stagnant water builds up in the roof’s corners. If not dealt with on time, ponding might lead to serious leaks and the formation of moulds. 

Rust spots

Another issue that might come up, which also arises as a consequence of heavy rainfall or snow is rust spots. Although not as common, rust spots also cause leaks and extensive wind damage. To make sure the problem is dealt with on time, it is a good idea to hire a reliable and professional plumber such as Flash Roof Plumbing. This way, you do not have to worry about any additional damage that might present itself.

Plumbing vent clog

During the fall time, there is the possibility of leaf and dirt clogging the plumbing vents. Due to this, it is important to make sure that the plumbing vents are inspected by a professional at least once or twice a year. So, why is a plumbing vent so important? As a matter of fact, plumbing vents, also called a vent stack, regulate the air pressure in the plumbing system of any home. In short, they remove unpleasant gas and odors. When a problem presents itself and the plumbing vents do not work properly, there is a risk that the plumbing drainage in the building will not work as well. As a result, the inhabitants will probably be exposed to foul smelling sewer gases.

Animals and pests

Animals and pests appear to cause a lot of problems for homeowners. A lot of the times, when there is a hole in the roofing, insects and other pests might enter into the building. It is quite unsettling to grasp the fact that your home might be shared with animals such as rats or even possums. Surprisingly, birds’ nests are also a common complaint. Frequently, these nests can block the plumbing vents which might lead to a serious clog.

The bottom line is, you can try to attempt fixing the issue by yourself, but it is always advisable to consult with a highly skilled professional. By making sure that there are no issues with the roofing system, your home or any building for that matter will be safe and secure.

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Audrey Taylor was born in San Francisco, and moved to Adelaide at the age of five. Marketer researcher and social media manager on hold, full – time mommy of a cheerful two-year-old. Graduated from Queensford college, worked in a couple of marketing agencies across Australia, eager to learn more about business and share her experiences. Traveled across Europe. Her hobbies include: home decor, fashion, travel, music, old movies.




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