A Fort Worth roofing professional can do a systematic inspection of a roof to see if any repairs are necessary or if the whole roof needs to be replaced. A thorough inspection begins in the attic to find out if there are any spots where water is leaking into the interior of the structure.
The tools needed to do the attic part of a roof inspection are a flashlight, a screwdriver, hammer and nails, chalk and a knife. First, the ridge beam of the roof is checked using the flashlight for water stains, followed by the rafters and the sheathing. The inspection is done in an ordered fashion to make sure none of the roof is missed.
Inspectors need to take care not to come into contact with exposed electrical wires. It's also a good idea for inspectors to wear a helmet or hardhat in case they knock their heads against the ceiling. It's prudent to wear a mask to protect the lungs in the event that any fiberglass insulation needs to be pulled back.
If any spots that look damp are found, they should be probed with a knife or screwdriver to see if there is any damage. Inspectors should also be alert for any dry rot.
The best time to inspect the roof from the attic is on a sunny day because pinholes of light shining through will indicate leaks.
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If such leaks are found, inspectors will poke a nail or piece of wire through the leak so that they can be located on the exterior.
If there are wood shingles on the roof, light shining through the roof doesn't necessarily indicate that there is a leak. Wood shingles expand when wet, so they will sometimes cover cracks when it starts to rain.
If water is found dripping into the attic at the time of inspection, some type of bucket or container is used to catch it. This prevents the water from leaking into the ceiling of the room below. It's important to note that leaks often start higher up the roof than where they drip down into the attic. Inspectors will use their flashlights to follow the trail of water up the ceiling of the attic to see precisely where it is entering the interior.
Any water found is mopped up with a rag immediately. This lessens the chance that it will cause wood to rot before leaks can be repaired. Wet insulation should be carefully pulled back and the area dried up as much as possible.