Clogged gutters, ice dams, and heavy storms are among the many factors contributing to roofing system leaks. Help your roof last for years without the need for serious repairs by learning to spot signs of water damage. Your home provides numerous warning signs a leak has occurred.
How to Check for Roofing Leaks
1. Visit the Attic
Bring a flashlight when it is raining to see if water droplets are present. Look for wet spots on the attic ceiling, signs of water-related deterioration, and mold and mildew. Mold develops in dark, damp conditions in about 48 hours, so you may notice a musty odor upon entering the attic. Another sign is when light shines through the roof boards. This means the underlayment has broken down and rain can easily infiltrate the space.
2. Look for Water Spots on Your Ceilings & Walls
Look up and around the home for water spots on the ceilings and walls. You may notice brown or yellow stains, if not wet spots. Mold and mildew odors may also be present. Other signs of water damage include peeling paint and wallpaper, spongy or chalky drywall, soft spots, and drips. Changes in the flooring can help you locate ceiling and wall leaks as well, such as buckling, warping, and sagging floorboards.
3. Inspect Your Roof for Missing Shingles & Related Damage
Have a friend or family member hold a ladder while you look for leak indications on the roof. Check for clogged gutters, missing or cracked shingles, and damaged flashing and ridge caps. Shingle granules in gutters and around the home also indicate damage and the potential for leaks. Always check after a storm to prevent any leaks from worsening.
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