A leaky roof can cause significant damage to your home if it goes undetected and is left unattended. Continue below to learn how you can check for signs of leakage, courtesy of Union Roofing, one of the leading residential roofing companies serving the Camden, NJ area.
The fundamental function of a roof is to keep out the elements and protect the interior of your home. Inspecting your home for leaks should be a part of every maintenance plan, and luckily, it doesn’t require you to make a trip up to the roof.
How does a leak affect the rest of the house?
Some leaks can go unnoticed while causing severe damage to the inside of your walls, resulting in mold growth, rotten roof decking, sheetrock or plaster ceiling damage, all of which can be expensive to repair. If a leak goes through walls, it can damage the structure.
Poor workmanship or improper installation is to blame for many roof leaks. Inadequately nailing shingles, and reusing old flashings and pipe boots are common problems when it comes to faulty installations. Many shingle manufacturers void the warranty if their products weren’t installed properly.
Keep tree limbs away from the roof. As they sway with the wind, they can damage your roof. Tree limbs can serve as a pathway for rodents, which can also do serious damage to your home.
How do I inspect for leaks?
Checking for a leak is simple — just look up! Visually inspect the ceilings in all your rooms for discoloration, normally a yellow or brown stain. If you spot a stain on your ceiling after rainfall, it’s safe to say you have a leaky roof and it’s time to call us for our exceptional residential roofing services throughout South Jersey and beyond.
You can also look for leaks by shining a flashlight around your attic while it’s raining. Look for obvious signs like dripping water or discolored sections of wood or insulation.
The longer your roof leaks, the more expensive it can be to fix. If you notice any of these signals of leakage while inspecting your home, contact our experienced team at Union Roofing. Call 215-550-1014 or fill out a contact form here on our website.