Roof leak detection can be both simple and complex. Knowing what to look for can be tricky for those without experience, but make no mistake, it’s highly important. The longevity of your roof, its durability, and the costs of repairs depend heavily on being aware of the health of your roof. If you think your roof is suffering from a leak or damage, then don’t wait to take action. This will only cost you more money down the road. Let’s break down how to spot a leaky roof, what to do about it, and who to turn to for help.
- Signs of Roof Leaking
- Call for an Inspection
Signs of Roof Leaking
What makes roof leak detection so difficult? It often has to do with angles. Because your roof is sloped, even whenever there is a shingle that is missing or cracked, water doesn’t stay in that one spot. It usually flows downward and is deposited somewhere else within your roof or siding. Therefore, most advise calling on a professional to find a leak in your roof. This is especially important after a storm like a hurricane as a simple leak can widen and damage multiple parts of your home.
However, if you plan to go it alone for detecting leaks keep this in mind. Just because water is pooling in one spot doesn’t mean that’s where the leak is. The crack or damaged shingle is often further up or located somewhere else. Common signs of a leak can show up in a variety of ways such as:
- Water is Dripping from the Ceiling
- Mildew Smell
- Cracked or Missing Shingles
- Brown Spots on Your Ceiling
- Damaged Flashing Around a Chimney
One of the most common ways to perform roof leak detection is to spray water on your roof and watch where it goes. It’s best to do this with a water hose and a continuous stream of water. You’ll be able to locate cracks and damaged asphalt shingles. From there, you can try to repair the asphalt shingle yourself or patch the hole. You will most likely have to replace multiple shingles. If you don’t have experience with this it’s best to leave it in the hands of professionals, which leads us to our next point.
Call for an inspection
A roof inspection can save you thousands of dollars. An inspector can not only spot cracks or damaged roofs, but they can also pinpoint where problems might arise in the future. Hiring an inspector can also give you the correct view of the damage in your house. For instance, you may find a crack in one of your asphalt shingles and start to notice some dripping in your attic. However, you don’t discover that water is also leaking into your siding and windows. In turn, this would expose your home to water damage and mold.
There are also smaller things to be considered when performing roof leak detection. Inspectors can spot sealant breaks, protect the siding and attic of your home, and give you recommendations based on the life of your roof. They will help you navigate how the Texas weather will affect your home (such as storm damage) and how you can protect your home.
Do you think you have a leak in your roof? If so, there’s only one place you should call. Galaxy Construction LLC and Roofing. We have the inspectors, knowledge, and team to help see your roof restored to its best version. Contact us today to find out how we can help you.