While it’s best to leave addressing roofing problems to the professionals, this doesn’t mean that there’s completely nothing you can do to help combat roof leaks. In fact, you hold an important role because it’s up to you when a professional roofer comes into the picture. By knowing how to spot leaks, you can call for help as soon as possible, allowing you to keep possible damage to a minimum. So, what can you do?
Look at the roof
A quick walk outside and a brief visual examination of your roof from the ground will show you possible areas where moisture can enter. Worn-out shingles or missing roofing material are tell-tale signs of damage.
Check the ground
If you see roofing material on the ground, then it’s safe to say that your roof has spots missing cover. As these spots will be vulnerable, they are likely to be where leaks will originate.
Look for streaks
When it rains, water runoff should be safely channeled down your gutters. Dark streaks running down your wall is a good indication that water is trickling down where it shouldn’t be and it’s not a recent occurrence. These dark streaks can appear on both outdoor and indoor walls so check both the interior and exterior of your home.
Look for mold and mildew
Mold and mildew thrive on moist surfaces. Water buildup caused by leaks isn’t exposed to air (unlike when it’s on the roof’s outermost surface) so it doesn’t dry out. This gives mold and mildew enough time to grow, forming unsightly dark spots on your ceiling and walls.
Watch out for rust rings
This sign is similar to mold or mildew spots, but instead of dark rings, rust rings appear reddish or yellowish. Even when you don’t have a metal roof, rust rings can appear because some of the materials used on your roof will be made of metal. Rust develops when metal is exposed to constant moisture so rust rings signify water penetration.
Knowing how to spot roof leaks is just the start of the battle. Learn why a through inspection is also important in Part 3 of this blog series.