Roofing leaks are one of the worst things that can happen to your home, as a constant drip or even flow of water into your home can quickly cause water damage, structural damage, and even promote mold and mildew growth, a serious respiratory health concern. Roofing leaks are particularly dangerous because they can be hard to spot. Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do to identify leaks relatively early so that you can get in touch with a roofing contractor to have them repaired.
Mold and Mildew Staining
As previously mentioned, water damage within your home can quickly contribute to mold and mildew growth, which can spread over organic materials like wood and wallpaper. Spotting mold growth early can point you to a newly opened up roofing leak. Mold and mildew stains will take the form of discoloration in your wallpaper and paint, and actual mold and mildew growth will be dark green or black in color and resemble dirt at first. However, extensive mold growth can take a variety of colors, including orange, black, white, and dark green, and can grow a mossy exterior and quite a bit of mass over time. Watch out for early mold spotting to ensure that you won't have to deal with cleaning up masses of mold later on.
Test the Attic
Beyond simply looking at mold growth throughout your home, you should also periodically test your attic to determine if the roof still maintains a waterproof seal against the outdoors. Simply by looking up at your roof from inside your attic, you can determine if light is shining through your shingles. For an even more extensive test, you can always spray a hose over your roof while someone else is inside to determine if there are any points where water is seeping through to pinpoint where you need to have repairs completed.
Inspect the Roof
Finally, the last way to spot roofing leaks is to actually climb up onto your roof to inspect the condition of your shingles and the flashing installed around your chimney and vents. Any obvious gaps, curling, rusting on the flashing, or separation that exposes the supports underneath the roofing material is prime real estate for a leak to develop. If you don't feel comfortable inspecting your roof, or can't seem to spot where the leak is originating from despite obvious signs of water damage within your home, you should contact a professional roofing contractor to complete an inspection for you. Contractors will be able to use specialized equipment and draw on a wealth of experience to pinpoint your roofing leak.
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