We know that feeling of panic when you discover a growing stain on your ceiling and then you have to place a bucket under that stain to catch the dripping water. If you want to try and prevent the leaks in the future, you need to know what causes the leaks in the first place. Below are some common reasons your roof may leak.
The Age of Your Roof
Do you know when your roof was last replaced? Could it have been done by the previous homeowners? As your roof nears an age of 20-25 years there could be signs of damage like cracked shingles, granules in your gutters, or moisture in your insulation.
Make sure the vents on your roof are properly sealed. You don’t want any water seeping through the space between your vents and the shingles, no matter how small the space is.
Holes in Your Roof
If you have had something removed from your roof like a cable dish or TV antenna, be sure there are no holes that were left after removal. If you do notice holes make sure they are properly patched and sealed.
Be aware of overflowing gutters. The constant flow of water onto your roof during the rainy season can cause soggy shingles and lead to leaks. Also, if the water overflows from the clogged gutters, it can fall along the foundation of your home. This can soften the soil under and around it which will lead to foundation cracks.
Especially important during the Fall months, it is important to clear the leaves, pine needles and twigs from your roof. If your roof is under a large tree, consider removing some of the branches. It is especially concerning if this debris collects in the valleys of your roof. If left unaddressed, the blockage might direct water over your gutters entirely or soak up the water to the point that the leaves never dry, which could result in an attic leak.
Damaged Roof Flashing
Roof flashing is used to seal areas where parts of the roof join together and also around chimneys and skylights. Bad roof flashing can allow water intrusion into the home which creates excess moisture in the attic. This can result in mold, damaged drywall and damaged insulation and wood.
It’s not just age that can cause shingles to go missing. Heavy rain and high winds can also cause your roof to take a beating. After a bad storm take a walk around your house to see if any shingles have come off. Also, take a look up on the roof to see if there are any noticeable bald spots. Inspecting your roof after a bad storm can help you diagnose any problems early before they turn into leaks.
Soffit or fascia damage
Soffits and fascia are at risk of water damage over time. Water can soften the fascia and cause holes. Small animals like birds and squirrels can find these holes and make the problem worse.
If you think you have a leak you should repair it right away to prevent further damage to your home. Premo Roofing Company can help you determine what’s causing your leak and find the best solution. Call Premo for an inspection or complete repair today.