Whether small or large, a leak that is left over time can cause more issues than you have ever speculated. If it is dealt with right away, you may be able to avoid expensive repairs due to mold, rotted framing and plywood, destroyed insulation and drywall or plaster repairs to your ceiling and walls. Here’s a list of the most common issues you may see.
There’s a water stain.
o The most common sign and the one most people notice as the first sign that there is a problem. The discoloration could also hide in corners or on your walls, it is not always a spot on your ceiling.
There was moisture, but it seems to have gone away.
o Sometimes the moisture on walls can come and go, but you should still have it looked at. Especially in the winter, there could be water getting under the shingles and freezing and thawing along with the weather. This is known as an ice dam and with the freezing weather that can development in our area, it could lead to bigger problems down the road.
Water is coming down the seams where the roof meets the house.
o When you look up at your roof, can you see drip marks from water coming down the side of your house? There can be an issue of improper flashing.
Missing or blow off shingles.
o If you notice some shingles have been blowing off your roof or realize it looks like some are missing, water could be getting in the seams or in the spots that are no longer covered.
o Not having the right gutter guard or gutter material can cause more problems than water building up on the ground. Water can get behind the gutters and eventually your soffit, fascia, and roof sheathing will rot. Gutter leaks are usually seen as rust spots or along the seams.
Rusted Chimney Flashing
o Even though it is made from galvanized steel, the flashing around the chimney can still rust. This can cause lifting or rippling in the shingles and water could be getting underneath the shingles.
o When large hailstones hit your roof, it can cause damage to your shingles, even puncturing them in the process. Most of the time it just knocks granules off the surface. Once this protective layer is missing from your shingle, the UV rays from the sun will begin to destroy it. As more granules fall, the damage will spread and can cause major issues in the long run.
Check all sites of infiltration.
o Most times these spots are the culprit for your leak. Things such as roof vents, chimneys, dormers, satellite dishes, or anything else projecting from your shingles.