Roof leaks not only damage your home, but can also be quite pricey to repair the damages from roof leaks. When your roof leaks, there are many things that can happen, including damage to your ceilings and wall, as well as making your attic a breeding ground for mold and mildew. The tips and techniques listed in this article will show you how to check for leaks and determine if your roof is in need or repair.
One of the most common signs people first notice when there is a problem with a leaky roof is water marks on their ceilings. Many times, a leaky roof will create water rings in the ceiling that looks similar to spilled coffee. If the roof is leaking where a wall joins the ceiling, there may also be streaks of discolored marks running down the wall. If you notice this type of damage, it is important to immediately check your roof to see if a shingle is torn or missing. This can easily be repaired and can done by yourself. Once the roof is repaired, use a good paint primer to cover the stain then repaint your ceiling.
When inspecting your home for roof leaks, it is important to go into your attic and check for water damage. Begin your inspection by checking the rafters; look for any spots which look darker or feel damp. Once you have checked your rafters, look up at the roof decking. This area should not be discolored or have any water stains. If there is any dampness or water damage, go to your roof and fix any leaks. If there is a large area of damage, your entire roof may need replaced. If you are handy, you can replace your roof. If you are not, then leave it to the professionals.
While you are in your attic checking for water damage, look up and see if you can see any light shining through your attic. If you see any light, there is definitely some damage done to your roof. In this situation it is best to enlist the help of someone else. Have a friend stay in your attic while you go up onto the roof. Your friend can then direct you to the area where the light is shining through. Look at the area to see if a shingle has came loose or is missing.
If you notice your energy costs have increased, there is a good chance that you may have a problem with your roof. Most companies offer yearly comparisons which you can use to see if you are consuming more energy.
While on your roof, you should also look for moss or any type of fungus. Any type of vegetation should raise a red flag that there may be problems with your roof. Thoroughly inspect the area and look for any water damage.
It is important to regularly check your roof for any of these issues. By being proactive in your inspections, you can avoid a pricey roof replacement. Use this guide to help protect yourself against costly repairs.