Drip, drip, drip….

Settling into your favorite chair for a well deserved movie after a long, cold week. Then you hear it – that unmistakable, slow, but insistent, drip, drip, drip. No, it can’t be. Water? Where is it coming from? Worst yet – – where is it going?

Finding a leak can be difficult. Where you see the tell-tale signs of a leak is not always the source of the problem. Tracking water is like tracking electrical wire in last year’s ball of Christmas lights.  Sometimes the cause of the leak isn’t the roof; it could be another part of your home’s structure like clogged drainpipes, damaged flashing around vents, skylights, the chimney, or frozen water lines.

When the weather is dry, check for water stains, moisture discoloration, damp wood or damp insulation. Please stay off your pitched roof! If you’re walking around your attic, keep in mind where you place your feet – safety first and foremost! This may be a job better left to a professional; experts who know what they’re looking for can help repair or renovate your home when they find the source of the problem. Quality home repair professionals will also be able to help you with other leak related damage such as sagging drywall or even mold. If you find the source of the leak, put a bucket under it. Keep in mind, though, that water can get heavy if it collects. If you’re not going to have a chance to tackle the problem, or if you lack the knowledge of how to fix the problem, make sure the bucket is in an area with proper support. No point in making a potential problem even worse!

Leaks are a common problem this time of year. So far in 2015, in East Cobb, we’ve handled 6 flood claims from frozen water lines. Check out our recent blog about protecting and insulating anything exposed to cold temperatures. Prevention is your best protection to avoid an unexpected home remodeling project. Remember – call an expert at the first sign of trouble.

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