If you don’t maintain your roof properly, there is a huge list of issues that can occur, including harmful mold growth and lasting structural damage. If you have recently noticed any water strains or actual water leaking from the ceiling, you might have a roof leak. Immediately repairing your roof is of paramount importance to maintain the overall structural integrity of your home. A good question arises here, how do we know where the leak is coming from? Let us discuss some common areas where you should need to check to find the leak.
Shingles and Other Materials
Shingles or other roofing materials on the roof might be damaged and allow the moisture to penetrate through the roof. Damaged shingles will be corroded, buckled, cracked, or might even entirely be missing. You might also want to search for granules on the ground near your home or any nails that might be backing out or missing. If you have any trees overshadowing your home, be sure to check them out, as well as a swaying branch might be the reason behind roof damage.
The flashing point is to guide water in another direction when it wants to seep down into a seam on the roof. Flashing is located around vents, chimneys, and other areas with an intersection or angle in the roof. If the flashing is not installed properly, water begins to flow underneath and causes damages to your house. It is important to look for loose flashing, missing areas, or ripped pieces.
Chimneys and Skylights
The more accessories you have installed on the roof, the greater the chances of leakage. Chimneys and skylights are aesthetically pleasing and functional, but it is very easy for water to penetrate through and enter into surroundings without proper installation. Have a professional look at all the seams and installation to ensure nothing is causing any leak.
Hiring the Professionals
Through self-assessment is always recommended, you should get in touch with a professional to assess the whole picture. Leakage might look benign, but it can wreak havoc on your home. If you are worried that you might leak, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us, and we will assess your situation and guide you regarding the best course of action.