- Published: Wednesday, 02 September 2020 21:30
When you get to look at a ‘roof leak’, then be ready to look at all kinds of possibilities as to what has caused it. Water may be pouring down and out, and although you might always assume that there must be a hole in the roof, then watch out, it may be different.
Here’s a classic example we came across, with one look outside revealing something very different; a tree growing from the roof area.
Therefore, here’s a few lessons to learn from something like this in order to get to the bottom of things:
1. Spot Where Something is Growing From
When you look closer at something like this, you see that it’s growing from the downpipe rather than the roof itself. Very unusual, but potentially easier to resolve with no actual roof works being required.
Also, check out where other vegetation and growth may be cropping up, for example the gutters above, and in this case the window sill below.
2. See Where Water’s Going
In this example water was penetrating through the wall in places, and you can see signs of green-growth on the wall as well. With such vegetation blocking the natural flow of water, then it still unfortunately still needs to go somewhere.
Remember that water can travel in all directions, not just downwards – including movement through walls and masonry.
3. Suss Out How to Gain Access
Although it sounds simple to just pull out weed growth, gaining access high enough is often the difficult part, as with most roof jobs.
Something like this will take strength and room to renounce in order to then remove the vegetation afterwards, and so certainly more along the lines of full-on scaffolding than quick-ladder access.
4. Sense What Else to Look Out For
And finally, look around and see what other issues need dealing with, in this instance pigeon netting all around the outside area.
Not only will this be difficult to move and deal with, but you then have problems considering that it was put there in the first place to stop – pigeons roosting in there.
The Right Roofing Solutions
Therefore, whatever roof repair or replacement you’re looking at, always remember to delve deeper into not only what is causing this, but then what issues are involved in resolving this.
At this point it’s worth brining in the experts for a full inspection, ideally on a no-obligation basis to genuinely try and come to a practical and affordable solution. As local Sandwell roofers covering the wider Birmingham area, simply contact us today to let us help out.