Aside from causing damage to the foundation of your home, water damage can also mean expensive repairs. If you don’t know where this water is coming from, why don’t you check your roof? It might be showing signs of roof leaks.
Here are the top 5 signs that your roof is leaking:
- Water stain
If your roof is leaking, then you may see some discoloration or staining on your ceiling. However, some stains may be difficult to see, especially in the dark corners. Look for dark rings that usually form outside the stain. Water stains typically form on the ceiling and walls. Whenever you notice discoloration in these areas, investigate for its source immediately. If left unfixed, the stain will gradually get larger and may attract molds, resulting in bigger problems and costlier repairs.
Always remember that whenever there is mold, there is also water. When a leak penetrates the foundation of your home and is left untreated, it can encourage mold growth. Molds will not just leave your home vulnerable and weak, but it can also cause health hazards to your family.
- Damp on external walls
Another sign of roof leak is the damp spot on the walls outside your house. Don’t forget to include the roofline outdoors when you perform a routine inspection of your house. Any damage on your roof will also affect the external walls of your home. If you see water spots in these areas, then there might be problems with your roof shingles and step flashing.
- Missing shingles
Whenever you notice a damp or wet area on your house’s external walls, check right away the condition of your roof shingles. Over time, the roof shingles or the step flashing may wear out and become loose, making the rainwater to flow out of its course. A strong typhoon can also cause damage to your roofing shingles and flashing. Repairing damaged or loose shingles and flashing can be quite tricky so leaving the job to a professional roofing contractor is needed.
- Dripping gutter
A dripping gutter will cause unnecessary flooding in the area surrounding your house and can allow water to penetrate your home. Your gutter’s main purpose is to allow rainwater to flow away from home; it shouldn’t drip. A dripping gutter means there is something that is blocking the path of the water. Check what causes the drip. If you see shingle granules that are accumulating in your gutter, then this means that there is a problem with your roof and it could be leaking.
Sometimes, we fail to notice the signs above, causing roof leak to damage our home. If water has already penetrated your home from roof leaks, deal with it right away. Call professionals to dry your home and save as many belongings as you can.