In our last blog post, we talked about five areas commonly known to spring a leak every once in a while. We covered gutters, skylights, valleys, chimneys, and flashing. Today, we’ll discuss five other common areas or elements prone to leak or experience moisture buildup over time.
Common Reasons for Roof Leaks
Areas to Inspect
6. Roof Vents
Vents expel heat and moisture from inside the house to the outdoors, so it’s very important they don’t leak. If the flashing around a roof vent has cracked, the seal will break, and water will be able to leak into the roof around the pipe. If this is the source of your roof leak, you might notice dark areas around the vent on your roof. If you don’t catch it in time, it can cause the surrounding area to decay.
Moss can build up on a roof and thicken over time, preventing that area of your roof from being able to “breathe” due to its constant contact with moisture. If not dealt with soon enough, the roots of the moss can break the seals between shingles and possibly begin to lift the shingles up off the roof. If this happens, moisture will be able to seep into your home and cause all kinds of problems.
8. Inside the Attic
A problem that is, surprisingly, a pretty common source of leaks through the ceiling is attic condensation. If you notice a leak coming through your ceiling, check your attic for signs of mildew, mold, or mustiness. The leak could be stemming from a hole in the roof, or it could be coming from condensation that forms as warm air from inside your home rises and chills as it reaches the attic. You may need to better insulate or ventilate this part of your home to resolve the issue.
If you see parts of shingles or even whole shingles lying around the yard or in your gutters, you need to have your roof repaired. You may also be able to identify missing shingles by simply looking up at your roof from the ground. If you see patches that are a different color than the rest of your roof, shingles might have been blown off during a recent storm.
10. Ice Dams
Ice dams form when warm patches on your roof melt snow that then drips down toward the edge of your roof and refreezes along the eaves, creating a blockage. This buildup of ice prevents snowmelt from flowing off the roof and onto the ground. The weight of this ice alone can cause breakage of roofing components and gutters. Once something breaks, water can then leak into your home. Ask your roofing contractor for solutions if you experience ice dam problems during the winter.
Roof Repairs in Ankeny, Huxley, and Ames
If you need a roofing repair, or if the time to replace your roof is quickly approaching, contact Hedrick Construction. Our professional roofing contractors will inspect your roof and give you a free estimate of the expected cost of the project. Contact us today, and we’ll get started!
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