With the different seasons contributing to the wear and tear to the roof of your house, it is wise to do regular roof inspections to detect possible damages or roofing vulnerability that may eventually result in serious injuries.
Before you go up on the ladder
Roof inspection begins inside.
- Check your ceiling for water stains or cracks through which water may have seeped through.
- Inspect your attic as well, watching out for moldy smells, peeling paint or wet patches. These are signs that there may be a leak on the roof.
- Examine the protrusions from your roof (such as skylights, solar panels, chimneys, or TV antennas) to make sure that
Up the ladder
When performing external roof inspections, make sure to use a sturdy and stable ladder, preferably the kind used by professional roofers. Also ensure that the ladder is secured in two places and is positioned firmly on the ground at the proper angle.
Make sure that the ladder is in a place and there are no people passing by. Be sure that the area is clear of tools, junk, or any obstruction that may threaten the stability of your ladder.
If you use a leaning ladder, ensure that the top of the ladder is three rungs above the roof. Remember not to stand on the topmost rung of the ladder.
Up on the roof
It’s well and good if you can do a decent inspection without having to step onto the roof. But if you really need to be up there, do not step in the center of a tile. Instead, place your footing where the roof tiles overlap from top to bottom.
Be extra careful if you have to inspect your roof while it is wet. That’s why it’s preferable to do a roof inspection during dry weather. Besides water, avoid stepping on moss or lichen that might have grown on the roof. They’re slippery and may cause you to slide and fall off.