Davis Roofing: Article About Find A Roof Leak
The main purpose of a roof is to protect the interior of the home. Even the smallest leak in the roof can lead to serious interior damage. Slow leaks that can go unseen for a long period of time can cause extensive damage to the structure of the home as well as lead to mold growth.
Finding leaks is not always an easy task. Sadly, many leaks do not drip water in a noticeable area or are so faint that they cause severe damage before it becomes apparent. However, there are indicators that may be noticed around the home that will indicate the roof is leaking.
One of the best indicators of a leaky roof is bubbling paint or discolored areas in the paint. Another indicator is a musty smell in an area that cannot be attributed to any other cause. Finally, unexplained mold or mildew growth on the walls or ceiling indicates a leak.
Finding the leak may be a little more difficult, but it can be accomplished. It will require someone to go into the attic space and also climb on the roof.
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If this this is not a desirable chore, a professional Davis roofing company will be able to come and inspect the roof for leaks.
When in the attic or crawl space, start looking for wet wood beams, wet insulation, or any noticeable standing water. If found, try to trace the path of the water back to the source. It is also important to check the integrity of the wood by feeling it in a few places. Wood rot may occur if the wood has remained continually wet for an extended period of time.
If visible signs of a water leak cannot be found in in the crawl space, it will be necessary to get on the roof and make an inspection. Loose shingles may be responsible for the leak. However, other areas of the roof such as air vents or flashings may also be responsible for the leak. The sealers around these items can crack or disintegrate over time and allow water to get into the house.
If any indication of a leak cannot be found, it may be time to call in a professional company to inspect the roof. Even the smallest leak can lead to wood rot and interior damage to the home. Stopping the leak quickly will help prevent additional damage and expensive repairs to the home from extended exposure to a leaky roof.