A leak is one of the most common kinds of roofing problems, but common doesn’t mean harmless. The longer a roof leak is left unchecked, the greater the potential damage it can cause. Our roof replacement experts have a few tips on tracking down the source of a roof leak so you can have it fixed ASAP.
It’s Rarely Directly Above
A roof leak can be far away from where the water starts dripping in your ceiling. This is especially true for sloped roofs because the water could have flowed down from a higher point in the roof. This also means you should always start your search from the top before working your way to the spot directly over the dripping area.
One of the easiest ways to check a possible source of the leak is to step outside and keep an eye out for obvious signs of damage to your exteriors. There are times when the leak comes from something else other than the roof, like a heavily damaged siding panel. You can have the damaged panel replaced with exterior vinyl siding but you have to make sure that all other possible leak sources are accounted for.
Check the Attic
If you confirmed that the problem is not coming from other parts of the home, you can take a flashlight and go to your attic for a better view of the roof structure. Watch out for darkened lines or signs of mold growth on roof supports and the insulation; those usually lead to the original site of the leak.
Watch Out for Discoloration Elsewhere
Remember that moisture-related issues are often associated with some form of discoloration on a surface. Check your walls and siding for streaks or stains that might indicate water seeping through. You should also check other areas in the home such as the frames around your windows and even signs of mold on a carpet. Once you tracked and dealt with the leak, you can always call an exterior painting service provider to restore the affected area.
Track down leaks and call us to have them fixed. Independent Construction Services is the leading home improvement company in Candler, NC. You can call us at (828) 358-1780 or you can fill out this contact form to request a free quote.