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If you’re hanging out with the family on a rainy Friday night, and a flood of water spontaneously bursts through the living room ceiling, it’s going to be pretty easy to tell that you have a roof leak!
However, in most cases, water leaks don’t present themselves so suddenly or obviously. Many of the leaks that homeowners experience start out as barely noticeable issues. You’ll need a trained eye to spot the subtle signs of water damage in your home before they result in cascading waterfalls.
Thomas Roofing not only installs new roofs, but we repair existing ones as well, so we’ve seen leaks with very different origins, and we’ve seen them present themselves in very different ways. Some of the signs are clear once we’ve explained them, and we’re glad to help homeowners in our area spot the signs of a roof leak before there’s a major problem.
Let us share our experience with you from our 35 plus years of serving Phoenix with our roofing expertise!
Here are a few not-so-obvious signs that your roof has a leak:
- A drip that comes and goes
Sometimes, we’ll ignore a problem if it seems to go away on its own. However, a leak that is present even occasionally means something isn’t right! You should never ignore a drip, no matter how small or infrequent it is.
- A stain on the ceiling
You’d probably recognize a brown, circular stain in the middle of the ceiling, but when a leak occurs around a light fixture or in a corner, you might not be so quick to notice it. If a stain is present, that means water leakage has already occurred.
- Stains on the outer walls
Periodically, you should walk around the exterior of your home to check the points where your exterior walls meet the roof. This area is often overlooked, but it can show signs of a roof leak before any area inside your home.
- Mossy or moldy walls
Moss on an outside wall or mold on an inside one is a sure sign that there’s moisture coming from somewhere. These are both problems that can be harmful for you and your loved ones. In addition, mold is ugly and nearly impossible to get rid of.
- Roof damage
After a storm or some other roof damage, take note of any loose shingles or other roofing materials. They may still be semi-attached, or you could find them stuck in your gutters. Roof damage opens the door for leaks because the protective integrity of your roof has been compromised.
Any roof leak is a bad roof leak! If you notice any of these signs, don’t ignore them or talk yourself into letting it go for a while. The leak will do nothing but get worse over time.
If a small leak is caught early, a professional roofer in Arizona could repair it for a few hundred dollars. However, if you wait, you could be looking at thousands of dollars to repair structural damage, sheet rock, and flooring because the damage went on for much too long!