If you happen to notice any water stains on the ceilings, there could be an issue with either a leaky pipe or leaky roof. When a leak occurs, and you happen to notice any black water leaking from the ceiling, this could be a sure sign of a leak in the ceiling coming from the roof.
If there is a roof leak issue which has been ignored overtime, the water may have created an even bigger issue and could have developed mold on the ceiling from the roof leak.
Many homeowners first notice signs of a roof leak from inside the house. Of course, the most obvious sign would be water dripping from the ceiling when it rains. However, sometimes a leaking roof presents more gradual signs.
You also might notice signs of a roof leak from outside the house. You could see sagging or discolored soffits and fascia. If you go onto your roof—safely, always—you may notice portions of the roof feel soft or spongy under your weight.
Once you discover your roof is leaking by checking inside and outside your home, the next step is to locate the source of the water intrusion. Before heading onto the roof itself, or if you feel unsafe doing so, check easy-to-access points inside the house. Examine your attic, crawl spaces, or utility closet. Use a bright light to seek out puddles, soft spots, mold, or other signs that lead to the source.
What may seem like a minor leak on the ceiling from your attic or roof, may actually be a small leak that roof water damage can quickly turn into a big problem. Water damage causes rotting and makes the roof more susceptible to leaks in the future. Other signs of roof water damage include cracked shingles, granule filled gutters, amongst more.
Normally, undamaged ceilings are straight and solid structures. Whenever you begin to notice any cracks or a sagging ceiling, there may be an underlying issue with your roof. Crooked or bowing ceilings can also be a clue to potential ceiling water damage and may be in need of roof leak repair.
Once you begin to notice water falling and leaking into your home, it’s time to call a professional. There is the option to try and safely locate the damage yourself in order to clearly communicate to a specialist what you’ve been noticing in your home.
Water spots on the roof ceiling indicate leakage, however, it may be hard to pinpoint the origin of the leak. A slow leak is usually harder to find than a big leak. The reason is, a slow leak often migrates from the original opening, making it difficult to find the source of the leak. The professional will conduct a thorough inspection to find the source of the leak and provide a solution to reverse the damage.
Roofing systems deteriorate due to consistent exposure to weather and other elements. Though the damage may seem to have a little impact during early days, if ignored, it may lead to either a permanent damage to the roof or would need costly repairs. Having a preventive maintenance plan helps in detecting early signs of damage, making it easy to fix.
Shingle granules may come off the roof surface due to aging, rain or storm. If the roof is losing a lot of shingles, it indicates that you need to replace the granules of the roofs. Shingle damage is often visible in the form of smooth or bald spots with a majority of the granules ripped off.
Soft and spongy wood decking is an indication of a longstanding water damage. Water damage may cause the decking to rot and leave the roof susceptible to potential leaks in the future. You should be able to notice water spots on the decking while walking on the roof.
As the shingles get old and lose granules, they are exposed to direct sunlight and turn brittle. UV radiation damages the shingles from the inside, leading to cracking and blistering. Apart from damaging the aesthetic appeal of the property, cracking and blistering of shingles leave the roof susceptible to water leaks that may cause irreversible damage to the roofing system.
If you notice any cracks or blisters in the shingles, get in touch with a roofing professional to avoid further damage and costly repairs.
Water spots on the exterior walls of a building indicate damage to the step flashing – the section where the roof meets the wall. The step flashing may rust or become loose with time, which causes the rainwater to leave those water spots.
Though replacing the step flashing can mitigate the issue, the job is quite tricky which makes it necessary to get the help of a roofing professional.
If you do choose to go onto the roof, start by looking “uphill” from the spots where you see dripping water or stains inside. Check especially around chimneys, dormers, and roof vents. Look for a missing shingle or any gaps along seams. Take note of any spots that feel soft underfoot.
If possible, clear away moisture as it accumulates so it doesn’t add to the damage. For holes in the roof, clear away surrounding debris, then use screws to secure a tarp as a temporary patch. For damaged seams around vents or soffits, caulk can provide a short-term fix. Ultimately, however, if vents or boots are damaged, they will need to be replaced.