When is the roof on your Melbourne home most likely to leak? When it rains of course, so when does it rain the most in this fair city?
While you may think the answer would be the winter months of June, July and August, in fact that’s not correct. November, on average, sees the most rainfall in Melbourne (65 millimetres) while March has the lowest (40 millimetres).
However, it’s fair to say that it can rain during any month and on any day of the year in Melbourne. After all, we do have our four seasons in one day reputation to uphold!
This spread of rain might be good news for our gardens, but it’s not for our roofs, which is why roof leaks in Melbourne can be a common occurrence.
Spring into action at the first sign of a roof leak
What should you do if your roof does spring a leak? You definitely shouldn’t bury your head in the sand and hope it will go away. It won’t (go away that is) and can end up causing a lot of damage.
Here’s some of the reasons why you need to take action if your roof does begin to leak:
- If you can detect and fix the leak quickly, any damage may be minimal. If there’s any damage at all, it’s likely only to affect the paint, which means you may need to wait for the area to dry, before sanding and repainting.
- If the roof leak is significant, or you don’t detect and fix it quickly, your plasterboard can become water-logged and can then lose its integrity relatively quickly. You’ll then need to replace sections of your plasterboard, which is not an insignificant job.
- The roof on your Melbourne abode doesn’t just protect your home, it also protects the items inside. So, when your roof leaks, it can also cause damage to your precious possessions, such as curtains, carpets, furniture, IT and electrical equipment.
- If damage to plasterboards is bad, damage to structural timber elements of your home can be disastrous. If roof leaks are left undetected or unfixed for a period of time, eventually timber framework can become affected. You may need to treat for rot, insect infestation or mould, or replace some of the timber. Worst case scenario, part of your roof or home could collapse and you’d be looking at a huge repair bill.
- Moisture is a perfect breeding ground for mould, which looks unsightly and can be an issue for your health. Roof leaks are one potential reason for having mould in your home.
- We all know that moisture and electricity doesn’t mix. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that one of the biggest potential issues of a roof leak in your home is an electrical fault. This can lead to a house fire or electrocution, and potential injury or loss of life.
What do you do if your Melbourne home has a roof leak?
If you have some decent DIY skills, you could investigate the source of the roof leak yourself and then fix the issue if it’s simple.
For example, if you have a roof with tiles, one common source of roof leaks is simply a tile shifting or cracking. You may be able to move the tile back into place or replace the tile and the problem is solved.
Another common cause of roof leaks is clogged gutters or downpipes leading to overflowing gutters. Again this can be a reasonable simple issue to fix if you have a good ladder and don’t mind getting a little dirty.
Call the roof leak experts in Melbourne
While it can be a reasonable idea for some people to investigate the source of a roof leak and fix, for others, ladders and heights aren’t a good combination. In addition, some sources of roof leaks aren’t always obvious unless you know what you’re looking for. Plus, some issues aren’t easy to fix and are best left to the experts.
- All chimneys, skylights, vents and other items on your roof require flashing or seals to prevent rain from entering your roof. These can break down over time or may not have been fitted properly in the first place.
- Parts of your tile roof needs to be bedded into place with cement. Over time, this cement can crack and need replacing.
- If you have a metal roof, the source of the roof leak could be a section that has weakened or deteriorated.
- Metal roofing and roofs that have a low pitch can leak around the joins over time.
- Some gutter designs are more prone to overflowing than others.
If you’re more of a Mr Bean than a Scotty Cam, contact Oates Roofing & Maintenance and we’ll fix your roof leak before it causes any damage to your house. If it’s an emergency,
call us on 0435 695 466 and we’ll come to your Melbourne home as soon as we can.