Rain Rain Go Away! Frustrated with the ceaseless rain of late? You are not alone. Most Floridians are feeling water logged with a month of endless storms. Most of us feel like we are floating away in a sea of never ending rain.
More than just restraining normal springtime outdoor activities, heavy rain can also bring with it unwanted home headaches, such as leaks. It is important to be on the lookout for possible roof leaks and catch them as soon as possible to mitigate any damage. Here are five ways to spot a leak.
1. You See Drips
If you see drips, stains or moisture on the walls, even if you but don’t see them often, you may still have a leak in your roof. The rule with leaks: if you see moisture, investigate, even if it seems to go away. Persistent dampness can cause permanent damage.
2. You Have a Water Stain
A water stain may look like a large puddle on the ceiling, often ringed with brown. It’s important to remember that a water spot or stain comes last. So if you see a water stain, you know that there is a problem that needs to be identified immediately. However, it may not look like that at all. Some stains occur in darker corners and are challenging to see, while others are small stains that could be a sign of a much larger leak. If you notice discoloration on your ceiling or walls, you need to take a closer look for mold, moisture, and other telltale signs of a leak.
3. Spots on Your Exterior Walls
Every so often, take a look under your roof line outdoors. What do you see? If there are water spots under there, you may have trouble where the walls meet the roof. Water spots in this location can point to problems with your flashing.
4. Mossy Exterior Walls
A mossy or moldy exterior wall could point to a problem with your downspouts or gutters. Downspouts and gutters form an integral part of your roofing system as they move water away from your roof and down into the ground. When one is leaking, you may see signs of erosion below the gutters and signs of moisture on the sides of your building exterior, depending on where the leak is located. Adding gutter covers and repairing sagging gutters can reduce your problems with clogged gutters.
5. You See Missing Shingles or See Debris In Your Downspouts
Missing shingles and debris in your downspouts could point to troubles with your roofing material. A roof that’s getting patchy is more prone to leaking over time, and even though you don’t see a leak inside your house, there could still be a slow leak into the attic or crawl space. When you see damage occurring on your roof, call for a roof inspection so that you can learn more about the state of your roof before possible leaks.
Contact Total Home Roofing to schedule a free roof inspection.
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