Is Your Roof Leaking? How to Tell
Some roof leaks are easier to spot than others. It’s not
impossible to have a leaking roof for weeks or even months before you notice
something’s amiss. So, how can you tell if your roof is leaking? Here are a few
tell-tale signs to look for.
If your house drips water when it rains, you have a leak! How “hard” rain is
falling shouldn’t impact your roof’s ability to keep out moisture, so beware
the thought pattern that a leaking ceiling is only caused by a particularly bad
storm. Water in the interior of your home means mildew and mold aren’t far
behind. Put down a bucket, call a local roofing specialist, and get an
appointment on the books ASAP before your leak goes from bad to worse.
One of the easiest-to-spot signs of a slow roof leak is a water
stain on the ceiling. Some stains are obvious, blob-shaped and brown around the
edges; other stains are a little harder to detect and appear as darker areas of
drywall, only visible in certain light. Once you notice a stain, you already
have a pretty significant leak as water must travel through your attic space
and insulation before it ever makes it to your ceiling. Call a professional
roofer right away.
Your Exterior Walls Have Water Spots
Do you ever notice moisture on particular parts of your exterior walls? When
moisture appears just below the roofline, you may have an issue with your
roof’s flashing which is designed to cover the seams where your roof and
exterior walls meet. If your flashing has worn out or shifted, water could be
infiltrating your roof at the seams, slowly seeping down between your walls and
your insulation. Be sure to have your flashing inspected once a year by a
professional roofer to keep it performing how it should.
Your shingles are there as a last line of defense against water. Once they go
missing, whole sections of your roof are woefully exposed to the elements and
water is almost certainly making its way between the vital components of the
structure. If you can stand on the ground and spot missing shingles on your
roof, you’re inviting a leak to happen. A professional roofer can repair and
replace missing shingles for less than you think and doing so could actually
extend the overall lifespan of your roof.
Do you hear drips? Notice an unexplained mildew smell? Have mold in the attic?
There are dozens of signs your roof could be allowing water in. Remember,
“leaks” don’t always show up as slow vertical drips. Lots of leaks are
stealthy, doing tons of damage before you even notice they’re there.
Source: Roofing Maintenance