Roof Water Damage: A Guide to Detection
Roof Leak Inspection Tips for Homeowners
When it comes to roof water damage, people often notice a growing water spot on their ceiling or running down a wall.
Naturally, it would seem that the roof leak is located directly above or very near where the water spot appears; however, the true location can be quite far from where the water spot is showing up. In fact, finding the source of the roof leak is usually more challenging than actually fixing it.
The obscurity of the true roof leak location can make it hard to find without the help of a professional roofing contractor.
Although water damage usually shows up on ceilings and/or walls, the actual location of the roof leak typically occurs around chimneys, dormers, flashing or vents.
Top 10 Causes of Roof Water Damage:
- Roof Penetrations
- Cracked Housings
- Ice Dams
- Loose, Cracked or Rusted Flashing
- Satellite Dish/Antenna
- Missing or Damaged Shingles
- Clogged Gutters
- Cracked Vent Booting
- Improperly Sealed Roof Plane Valleys
If you notice water spots, chances are the roof leak actually began months or even years ago.
Unfortunately water spots are typically the first sign people notice that there’s a roof leaking problem. By this time, damage has usually been affecting other places that aren’t so obvious – including framing or sheathing, ceiling structure integrity, and insulation.
If you have a roof leak (or suspect you do), but can’t seem to find the source, get in touch with Reimer Roofing and Remodeling to schedule a professional roof inspection or get our downloadable DIY Roof Inspection Checklist for Homeowners.
We’ll identify the source of the roof leak, let you know if there’s any other damage, and tell you what options there are & how much each will cost.
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