Tips From Toby: Tackling a leaky roof

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It can be very disheartening waking up to a big wet spot on your ceiling after a storm or even worse, watching as water pours doing tons of damage. Some leaks can be caused by a small hole in the side of the stucco near the attic vent and a good caulk job can seal the problem. When water is pouring in and doing damage, that's when it's important to make sure you have a reputable company to rely on.

"We'll come out. We'll identify the issue and then we'll do a thorough inspection of the rest of the roof to make sure if there's something we can prevent from happening we can do that and if there's something that isn't necessary we're not going to do it," says Whitney Coulter of Buck Roofing.

This is not a DIY job and nobody should be climbing up on their roof or in the attic risking life or limb. Let's face it, most of us don't have the reserves to spend $10,000 OR $15,000 on a roof replacement, so making sure it is repaired correctly and getting good advice is a must.

"Most leaks generally can be repaired where we can get the leaking stopped," says Ron Buck, also of Buck Roofing. "If the roof really needs to be replaced it's going to be 20 to 25 years old. It's going to be obvious that it probably needs to be replaced. If they have a leak from one of these big rains then it's something we can generally repair."

It may surprise you that many of the foundation problems people are having around town do not start in the basement. Faulty gutters, downspouts and even poor roof drainage can cause water to pour into your basement as well. Having your roof inspected if you have any concerns is a good idea.

Before you hire any roofing or gutter company, do your homework. Google them, check court records for any outstanding legal issues and look them up on the better business bureau and Angie's list and never, ever work with anyone that wants money up front.

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