Have you seen a water stain on your ceiling? Read why you can’t afford to ignore it before the damage gets worse.
Many people have a false sense of security when we here in metro New Orleans dodge another hurricane or tropical storm. But the fact is, even your mundane thunderstorms do not have to be severe in order to cause serious damage to your roof.
If the wind and the rain are significant enough to create any openings and leaks in your roof (depends on your location and the overall condition of your roof), you have a major problem on your hands. If you see ANY water stains on your roof, regardless of their size, it is important to contact a professional roofing contractor as soon as possible to get them repaired.
Things to Know About Water Stains
If the water has seeped its way into your home and formed a stain on your ceiling, it is very likely that you have significant roof and ceiling damage on your hands. As MSN Real Estate explains, leaks in your roof can lead to dry rot, mold, termite infestations and many other problems. They point out that, left unchecked, these leaks could even lead to the collapse of your roof.
Locating the Roof Leak on Your Own
Many do-it-yourself homeowners will attempt to find the roof leak on their own in order to quickly make repairs that will at least stop water from continuing to enter the house. This can be very difficult to accomplish successfully, but it is possible.
The first thing to remember is that the leak in the roof is typically not located directly above the water stain on the ceiling. This is because most roofs are built with a pitch that causes the water to drain down the sides of the roof. Therefore, the water could run down beneath the shingles, or along the interior of the roof before dripping down onto your ceiling.
It is necessary, therefore, to inspect the attic space between your roof and the ceiling. If there is water actively leaking through the roof at the time, this process becomes easier. The most effective strategy is to look for wet areas of insulation, and then track the water from this point.
It is often possible to see trails of where the water is coming in through the roof, running down the ceiling, and finally dripping into the insulation. This will allow you to determine where patches need to be made to repair the roof.
Get Professional Help with Roof Leaks
If you are having trouble locating the leak in your roof, or if you do not want to put yourself at risk working on your roof or in your attic, you can hire a professional roofing contractor to help. Companies like JOI Roofing have experts on staff who have dealt with numerous roof leaks, and can identify and address the problem quickly.
More importantly, we have the tools and techniques necessary to repair the roof. This not only includes eliminating the leak, but also finding and repairing sections of the roof that have been affected by the water. As mentioned, these water leaks can lead to mold, rot and myriad additional problems that can lead to health and safety hazards for everyone in the home.
By hiring a professional roofing contractor, you can ensure that the problems within your roof are corrected quickly and correctly. Many homeowners who repair their own water leaks have the best intentions, but accidently leave problem areas that can lead to significant future damage.
If the water leak is not addressed appropriately, minor leaks, dry rot or mold could be left behind, leading to a much more distressing problem in the future. If you see a water leak forming anywhere along your ceiling, your best plan of action is to contact a qualified and trusted roofing professional in your area as soon as possible to have the leak eliminated and the damage cleared away.