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When you think of roofs, leaking isn’t usually the first thing that comes to mind. But, in reality, it’s not uncommon for roofs to leak. So if you have noticed water coming from your roof in any capacity, it’s time to start asking questions. Whether your home has an old leaky roof or rain gutter, a new metal roof or tile roof; sooner or later, almost every roof leaks. The question is not when but rather how long until the inevitable takes place and your roof springs a leak. A little bit of water here and there might not seem like a big deal at first glance. However, left unaddressed for prolonged periods of time and your ceiling might begin to buckle as well as other sub-par effects that could result in costly repairs down the road.
Check for Visible Evidence of Leaks
As with any type of damage, you want to start by assessing the extent of the damage. In the case of a leaky roof, this will be very easy to spot. If you see water stains, puddles or standing water anywhere around your home, it’s a good sign that your roof is leaking and you need to act quickly. Depending on where the leak is coming from and how long it’s been there, you may see obvious signs of rot and other damage to your roof. If the leak is coming from a shingle, it’s easy to see and identify.
Watch for Dark Spots on Walls
If you have a leak in your roof, chances are it’ll make its way down to the walls. If you notice dark spots on your walls, there’s a good chance these are where leaks are happening. You may also notice discoloration or peeling paint on your walls. This is another sign that you have a leak on your hands and that you need to act quickly. Wall damage caused by water is often irreversible. If the leak is coming from a shingle, it’ll likely make its way down to the wall as well.
Excessive Dusting & Discoloration of Walls
If you notice your walls are constantly covered in a thin layer of dust, you may have a roof leak. This is especially true if the dusting is in one particular spot. If you notice a change in the color of the walls (they may turn a different shade of white or yellow), there’s a good chance water is to blame. Water damage to your walls can make it difficult to repaint or even cover up the discoloration with new wallpaper. It may also cause wood rot, which can be hard to repair and potentially damaging to your home’s structure.
Condensation in Windows
As you might expect, a leaky roof can often lead to issues with condensation on your windows. If you notice fog or condensation on your windows, it’s a good sign that your roof is leaking. What’s more, the longer the leak goes unresolved, the worse it will get. Excessive condensation on your windows can lead to a host of problems. It can cause the growth of mold and other harmful bacteria that might make people in your home sick. It can also cause permanent damage to your windows, which can be costly to replace.
Water Stains on Ceiling
If your ceilings are stained with water, it’s a sign that you have a leak. This can be a very easy way to spot a leak if you are up high enough to notice it. You may also notice that the staining is happening in one particular area, which will make it easy to identify the source of the leak.
Shifting or Moving Ceiling Tiles
If your ceiling tiles are constantly moving or shifting, it could be a sign that your roof is leaking. If water is seeping into your home and settling on the ceiling, it can even cause the tiles to separate from the ceiling. This is a dangerous sign and can lead to very serious consequences. If the leak is coming from a shingle, it’ll likely make its way down to the ceiling as well.
Uneven Floors or Doors That Won’t Close Properly
If you notice that the floors in certain parts of your home are uneven, or the doors in your home don’t close properly, it could be a sign that there is water in your home. If water is getting in through a leaky roof, you may notice that it is pooling up and running into other areas of your home. It can also cause floors to warp and doors that don’t close properly.
If you notice any of these signs, it’s likely that you have a roof leak and need to take action. The longer you wait to address the leak, the more damage it will do to your home, and the more expensive the repairs will be. The best way to avoid roof leaks is to have your roof inspected once every two years and to have any necessary repairs completed as soon as they are discovered. Having a professional inspect your roof can help you to identify potential issues before they become major problems.