September Home Maintenance To-Do List
By: Danny Lipford
To-Do #2: Inspect and Repair Roof
With hurricane season in full swing, it’s important to inspect your roof regularly for damaged shingles and leaks. If you can access your attic, check the underneath of your roof during or just after a rainstorm to see if any water is entering your home. Pay particular attention around the chimney, where leaks are the most common.
Next, inspect your roof from the outside, either using a ladder to climb up on the roof or with binoculars from the ground. If you’re on the roof, sweep away any leaves and debris to prevent water or snow buildup and to get a better look at the condition of your roof.
Examine your shingles closely to see if any are missing, bent, loose, or broken. You can do basic DIY roof repairs yourself, or hire a roofing contractor to do them for you.
Inspect your chimney for loose or damaged flashing and missing mortar. Seal small cracks where the flashing meets the chimney with masonry caulk, and repair and reattach loose flashing with roofing cement.
Watch our video on How to Repair Leaking Chimney Flashing to find out more.