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5 Simple Ways to Tell Your Roof Is Leaking

Jan 19th, 2021 // Roof Repair

Leaks of any kind can be a nuisance or turn into complete disasters. From pinholes to gaping blunders, a leak in your roof can lead to a plethora of problems for your home. To ensure your roof is structurally sound and leak-free, here are five signs to watch out for. If you see any of these in your home, it’s time to call in the professionals to check your roof for holes, wears, tears, warping, and damage. 

Discoloration, Stains, or Pockets

One of the simplest ways to detect a leaky roof is looking up. If you notice your ceiling or the tops of your walls are becoming discolored, have yellowish rings forming around them, spots, or appear to be swelling, there is a good chance your roof is leaking. 

Small or large leaks will filter down and begin to pool in your ceiling or attic, causing paint to change colors, or, if you have a severe leak, the water may begin to build up and cause your drywall to swell. These pockets will be soft to the touch and if left untreated, they will burst, leaving you with a huge mess. If you see any of these signs on your ceilings or walls, make sure to get your roof checked for leaks and damage. 

Pro tip: if it’s not your roof, check your pipes. Pipe leaks can also cause water pockets and discoloration from water stains. 

Musty Smells 

Homes smell weird sometimes. They just do. Cooking, cleaning products, trash—they all come together for the perfect storm at times. However, there’s a difference between these types of odors and ones that signify a leaky roof. 

If you start to smell a musty, damp odor that doesn’t seem to go away and increases when you use your air conditioner or heater, this could be a sign there is a leak in your roof. The odor comes from water seeping in from your roof and into your insulation, causing it to begin to mold. This action leads to a musty, dense smell that will continue as long as there are leaks and water coming in from your roof. 

As soon as you sense this smell, it’s important to get your roof inspected and any leaks found patched so you can avoid mold build up and further, worse, damage to your roof and home. 

Drips and Moving Water

Homes are filled with pipes, faucets, toilets, and parts that move water throughout, so it’s natural you’re going to hear water in the walls after flushing a toilet or dripping right after you turn off the shower or the sink. The problem comes when those noises don’t stop. 

If you begin to randomly hear dripping sounds coming from your ceilings or walls, you need to get your roof inspected right away. Leaks often cause shingles to curl and warp from moisture, so if you see this on your roof, it’s time to have an inspector take a look at the damage and fix the shingles right away. 

Mold Growth 

Mold is one thing you do not want to mess around with. Once you have it, it’s important to find the source, fix it, and deep clean everything touched by this nasty stuff. Mold, no matter where it is, can be a sign of a leaky roof. If you see black or brown spots forming near vents, corners of ceilings, and even in bathroom or basement tiles, it’s time to check your roof for leaks. 

Leaky roofs can lead to mold outbreaks since they allow moisture to seep into your home and stay there. Not only can these outbreaks be difficult to remove, they also can cause serious health issues, including respiratory and lung problems. It’s important to find the source of mold as soon as you detect it, and make sure to check your roof, even if the mold is in the lower levels of your home. You never know. 

Damp Exterior Walls

The inside of your home isn’t the only place you should be checking if you suspect a roof leak. The outside of your home could also hold the answer to whether or not you have a leaky roof. If you notice mold, moss growth, or a change in the texture of your exterior walls, check to see if they feel moist. If so, this moisture could be a sign of roof leaks that are continuously filtering water down through broken shingles, gutters, or cracks. 

It’s important to find the source and fix it immediately before the problem increases or worsens by entering the interior of your home. 

If you have questions or concerns about a potential leak, reach out to our team. We can help you check for leaks, fix any found, and prevent future issues. 

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