Leaks are one of the most common roofing problems. No matter what type of roof you have, your roof should be inspected for leaks at least twice per year. Roof leaks that go unnoticed can lead to an expensive repair bill, or worse, an entire roof replacement.
The roofing professionals at High Point Roofing in Pilesgrove, NJ offer their five signs of a roof leak that you need to look for in your home.
1. Do You See Water Stains?
If you see a dark or yellow stain on your home’s ceiling, you have found yourself a water stain. Look at your home’s walls and ceilings surrounding the stain and check for mold, mildew, and moisture. Mold and mildew can start to build up as early as 24 to 36 hours after a leak. So, if all you are seeing is a water stain, there may be more hidden dangers lurking and a professional inspection may be needed for the health and safety of you and your family.
2. Do You See Spots on the Exterior Walls?
In addition to looking for water stains on your ceiling, you also need to inspect the roof line outside your home. If you find water spots underneath it, it is time to call the professionals to inspect the walls that meet the roof. Water spots in this area can indicate an issue with your flashing.
3. Do You Hear Water Dripping?
Make sure to get water drips, moisture accumulating on the walls, and moisture stains checked immediately even if they appear to be shrinking. This is common in winter, when temperatures start to rise after a storm or as we move into the warmer spring season. An ice dam forms due to freezing and thawing ice and snow. The melted water seeps inside the roof’s shingles and then freezes, resulting in intermittent water leaks. Check your roof for signs of moisture and get the issue resolved as soon as possbil. If the problem gets severe, it can result in permanent roof damage.
4. Are All the Shingles on the Roof?
Examine your roof for any missing shingles and issues at the seam between the shingles and other elements of your home, such as the chimney and debris in the downspouts. A patchy roof is more likely to leak over time. If you do not find a leak inside your home, look for water leakage in the crawl space or attic.
5. Are the Walls Growing?
Inspect the exterior walls of your house for mold, mildew, and moss. These are possible signs of a roof leak. While it is possible to find the growth in areas that get sunlight, it’s more common to find the growth in areas that do not get a lot of sunlight. Mold and mildew can cause health problems like skin irritation, coughing and wheezing, eye irritation, and nasal issues.
Also, look at the gutters and downspouts because they carry rainwater away from the roof and into the ground. If your gutter or downspout is leaking, you will find signs of erosion underneath the gutter and moisture on the exterior of your home.
You can resolve this issue and prevent it from occurring again by adding gutter guards and covers and by fixing sagging gutters.
If you live in Southern New Jersey, and this year’s abnormal amount of rain and storms have caused concern about your roof, contact High Point Roofing to schedule an inspection of a possible roof leak. They offer free quotes and have earned a reputation for outstanding workmanship. High Point Roof serves Southern New Jersey and can also be reached by calling 56.347.4700.