Roof leaks are common in most homes. Depending on the area and existing climatic conditions, roof leaks certainly a headache. It is, therefore, critical to learning the warning sign of an imminent leak before it happens. In this article, I will discuss the most common places for roof leaks in a home.
Chimney-Roof Joints Most standard homes have a chimney. Over time, the flashing which covers the tiny spaces between the roof and the chimney tend to wear out. This creates spaces for water to drip down the chimney surface and into the house. It is easily spotted as wet spots of water in the chimney and around the fireplace.
Shingles Damaged shingles are a major problem. Heavy storms and wear and tear are the primary causes of damaged shingles. Spaces created from damaged shingles easily let in the water leading to the leaks evident inside the house as dark spots on the ceiling. The damaged shingles can be easily spotted.
Roof Valleys The roofing valleys are common leak areas in a roof. If the roofing installation is not carefully done, leaks can be spotted as early as the day after the roofing. Valleys are therefore critical leaking spots in a house and must be done thoroughly.
Gutters Gutters ensure water is properly running off the roof surface. If your gutters are clogged, it leads to unnecessary water collection in the roof and the continuous collection lead to water damaging the roof.
Vents The flashings on vents are easy leak spots and are worth a check.
Ice Dams Ice dams on the roof in winter seasons tend to damage the roof and lead to leaks.
Other leaks are hard to spot, and you can consult a professional to conduct a thorough sweep of any possible leaks.
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