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A Leaking Roof Can Cause Hidden Damage; Look For These Signs

When you think of a leaking roof, you might picture dramatic scenes of someone holding buckets to catch drips during a rainstorm. Yes, it can happen that way, but often roof leaks are much slower, less noticeable, and perhaps even invisible at first. But even though you aren’t aware of their presence, leaks in your roof can do major damage to your home in a short period of time.

In fact, roof leaks can often start off small and become more serious over time. If you know what to look for, you can catch the problem when it first begins. Then, you can take steps to repair the damage inside your home. Be on the lookout for these signs:

  • Changes in wall texture. You might notice bubbling paint or wallpaper due to moisture building up in those areas.
  • Discolored ceilings or walls. Before water actually begins dripping through the ceiling, damage might appear as a “stain” on the ceiling or walls.
  • A mildew smell. You might even have your home tested and discover the presence of mold or mildew.
  • Sagging gutters. You might be able to view obviously sagging gutters outside your home. Water won’t be able to drain through correctly, and will look for another way out.
  • Overflowing gutters. If you notice water overflowing the gutters when it rains, instead of draining correctly through downspouts, that’s a sure sign of a clog. Often the water pooled behind a clog will find another way out, such as through your home.
  • You can view damage to the roof shingles or tiles by standing a distance away from your home.
  • Or, you can view damage to roof flashing, such as cracks or spots of missing caulk.

We probably don’t have to tell you that, over time, water can do some serious damage to the internal structure of your home. Rotting wood compromises structural integrity and can even attract another problem such as termites. Mold and mildew, which often accompany water damage, can lead to serious health problems for anyone living in the home.

If you do suspect a roof leak, repairing it immediately can often prevent more serious damage from occurring. But we’re here for you if you do sustain damage inside your home. Give us a call, and we will evaluate the extent of the damage inside your ceiling and walls. Then we will repair those issues right away so that you can avoid more serious problems in the future.