Posted on: 17 March 2018
Roofing leaks are a serious threat to the interior of your home, as water and moisture behind the walls and in the ceiling of your home can cause serious structural damage and even cause mold and mildew growth, which can be a serious health hazard that can aggravate or even cause respiratory conditions. Fortunately, there are some warning signs associated with roofing leaks. Understanding what these warning signs are can help you identify a roofing leak early so that you can contact a roofing professional to fix the leak before it can become a more serious issue.
Peeling and Staining
One of the most obvious signs that you may have water entering your home from your roof is the presence of staining or discoloration anywhere on your walls or ceilings of your home's interior. On the very basic level, wallpaper and paint will being to peel, bubble, or otherwise warp away from the underlying surface as it is exposed to even small amounts of water over time. The presence of moisture may be enough to simply change the shade of your paint or wallpaper to the point where it is noticeable. However, after long term exposure to moisture, dirt carried in the water and mold growth can both leave dark stains on your walls and ceiling.
Missing Shingles and Damaged Roofing
When looking for roofing leaks, you should not just focus on the interior of your home, however. The exterior surface of your roof can quickly become degraded over time due to weather exposure and the elements, which can rip shingles off of your roof and expose holes that allow water to enter your home. Further, you should pay attention to the flashing, which is the metal lip installed around roofing vents and chimneys, to make sure that a gap hasn't opened up there either. Signs of damage to your vents and chimneys themselves are another entry point for water: keep an eye out for cracking and other physical openings.
Finally, the most serious sign that your roof may be leaking water into your home without you knowing it is if you notice that there is a musty and pervasive smell that seems to permeate a room, or a series of rooms, within your home. This points to mold growth taking hold somewhere in your house, usually out of sight, where it can grow throughout your walls and ceilings thanks to the constant presence of leaking water from your roof. If this is the case, you'll need to contact a mold remediation specialist in addition to a roofing contractor to get your house back in order again.
Contact a company, like RLHayes Roofing & Repairs, for more help.Share