Your roof is meant to protect your home from the elements, water being one of them. If you put off proper maintenance of your roof, you’re in for some troubling times. Expect your roof to develop a leak at least once or twice throughout its lifetime. If the problem is identified early and action is taken immediately, you won’t have a catastrophe on your hands. Below are telling signs that your roof may be leaking.
An interior water stain which often looks like an extensive puddling ringed in brown will occur when water seeps to your interior walls and ceiling. However, not all water stains will look this way which makes them difficult to spot. Some stains will be difficult to notice if they form in a darkly lit area while others are small stains that indicate a much bigger leak problem. Discoloration should point you to look closely for mold, moisture or other signs of a leak.
If you notice a drip from your ceiling or moisture on the walls, you may have a leak somewhere in your roof. Even if the dripping somehow stops, you still need to have your roof checked for a potentially bigger problem. It may be that ice dams have formed on your roof. Ice dams make water move underneath the shingles. This water then refreezes causing random leaks.
Missing or Damaged Shingles
Missing or damaged shingles and debris in your downspouts indicate damage to your roofing material. A patchy roof is prone to leaking over time. Even if you don’t seek a leak in your home’s interior, there could still be a slow leak in your attic. If you see any missing or damaged shingles, call a roofing contractor to do a thorough inspection so that you may know the exact state of your roof.
Exterior Water Spots
Regularly walk around your house while checking the exterior walls for any water spots or stains. Water spots indicate a problematic issue where your walls meet the roof. Failing flashing could also cause a leak.
Algae and Mold Growth
Mold usually grow in warm, humid climates. Moisture is an important condition for mold to thrive. While they may not impact the lifespan of your roof (if they occur on the surface), mold usually indicate that there could be a potential leak on your roof.
Problems with Gutters and Downspouts
If your gutters, downspouts and splash pans are decaying or are damaged, it may indicate you will soon have a leak. Broken pieces of paint and scraps of roofing may be visible.
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