What Causes a Leaking Roof?

A Perth plumber explains the causes of roof leaks and how to fix them. 


When we are faced with such situations, like heavy wind, rain, or thunderstorms, it is important to feel confident that our property can withstand whatever comes its way. A leaky roof or other seemingly minor problem can quickly turn into a major problem and should be addressed immediately. 

Superior Plumbing and Gas has trained plumbers in Fremantle who can help you to make sure every cause of a roof leak is addressed before drips begin. We not only do roof plumbing but can assist with blocked drains and other household plumbing issues. Get in touch for a quote today! 


How Do I Know If My Roof Is Leaky?


Leaky roofs can be identified by several signs. Your ceiling may be leaking water. A leaky roof is likely to be the cause of wet spots on your floor after a rainstorm. You may also notice musty odours or stains in certain areas of your home. A leaky roof could also indicate a problem with mould growth. Missing shingles are another reason to have your roof checked. They act as a water barrier between wooden trestles and the elements outdoors. The barrier will be compromised if one or more shingles are missing. 


Common Causes of a Leaking Roof


Roof leaks can be caused by many things but can generally be categorised as: age-related wear and tear, acute damage, poor installation, and other factors. 


Blocked Gutters


Leaf matter and other debris can block your downpipes and cause water to backflow through the roof through the gutters. Regular maintenance and proper stormwater drainage can prevent this type of water damage. 


Storm Water Pipes or Blocked Pipes


If your gutters are clean but your stormwater pipes or downpipes are blocked, water will backflow from the gutters into the roof space. Make sure stormwater and downpipes are free of obstructions. To test them, you can use a garden hose to check if water is coming back up into the gutters. 


Broken or Missing Tiles


Roof tiles can be damaged by hail and falling branches. Old tiles can be whipped by gale-force winds, which can allow water to pass through the roof. A specialist roof plumber in Fremantle with experience in tiled roofs is needed if you suspect that your tile roof might be leaky. 


Rusted Roof


It is obvious that water can leak through rusty holes in a rusted roof. It is best to have the roof replaced. 


Rusted Ridge Capping


The ridge cap is the place where roof edges meet at an angle. If your ridge cap is worn out, water can enter your roof cavity. This is not an easy fix and will require a replacement. 


Block or Rusty Gulley


Roof valleys are the metal channels running through roof folds that look like a V-shape. The valleys catch leaf debris, and if it isn’t removed, rainwater can find its way into your ceiling. 


Faulty Flashings


Flashings are used around roof edges and penetrations such as skylights or vents. Water will get into your roof if the flashing isn’t well-made or moulded around the penetration. 


Roof Flashings or Roof Sheets That Have Been Incorrectly Installed


Roof leaks can be caused by improperly installed roof flashings and roof sheets. Even though you might not notice a leak until after a storm, water can seep into the roof and cause damage to the ceiling. Silicone can be a temporary fix, but the flashing and roof will require replacement. 


How Can This Cause Damage?


Your home can be severely damaged by a leaky roof. Leakage can cause damage to the roof trestles and internal damage to your walls’ drywall, carpets, and other flooring. Leaky roofs can also cause mould growth, which can pose a danger to your health. A leaky roof can cause so many problems that you shouldn’t let it go.  


Mould, Mildew or Damp


These problems are all potential dangers for people suffering from asthma. Mildew spores can cause severe allergic reactions but are easily treated with bleach or vinegar. 


Ceiling Damage


This can be caused by weakening plaster or framing materials and could lead to ceiling collapse and water damage below. You may be at risk of your furniture and appliances falling through if you have a two-story house. 


Fire Damage


Is an unanticipated but serious problem. A leak that is located near electrical wiring can cause short circuits and shorted cables, which can lead to serious fires and other damage. It is a good idea to shut off the electricity if the leak is close to electrical wiring. 


What to do if you Find a Roof Leak


Stop the Damage


If you discover that your roof is leaking, the first thing you should do is stop further damage. Any items that can be removed should be moved to safer places. Protect your electronics and valuable furniture that can’t be easily moved by covering them with plastic sheets or a tarp. 


Soak Up Any Water 


To catch any water, quickly place buckets, tubs, or other containers under the leak. To catch any drips, place sheets or towels on the floor. You should assess the severity of the situation and call a Perth plumber if the water isn’t contained. 


Drain Water Completely


A roof leak can lead to stains, mildew, and other unpleasant odours. It’s important to dry any exposed areas, such as furniture and walls, thoroughly. To speed up drying, pull up any carpet that has been soaked and expose both sides. Use fans if you have them to speed up the drying process. For a professional extraction of water, you might need to call a carpet cleaner. 


Ring Your Insurer


Call your home insurance company if the damage is severe. Although your policy may not cover roof damage, it is best to get this information as soon as you can. 


Call a Roof Plumber for Roof Repairs in Perth


Now it’s time to figure out the problem. A reliable plumbing company should be able to assist you.

The Superior Plumbing and Gas team are certified roof plumbers in Fremantle. 

Our team offers roof repairs as well as plumbing in Perth, including blocked drains. We will find the source of the leak, repair it for you, and protect your home from any water damage. 

We’ll get someone out as soon as possible. Contact us any time, we are here to help.