If your roof is leaking – even just a little – you could be looking at significant long-term damage. Roof leak repair is absolutely essential, because water issues never resolve themselves and only get worse with time.
Why Immediate Roof Leak Repair is Important
A roof leak can cause tremendous damage inside your home. In addition to aesthetic concerns, water inside your home can lead to structural damage or a catastrophic roof failure.
Here’s what water can do when it invades your home through the roof:
- Create the perfect environment for mold and mildew
- Cause wood rot
- Soak through your drywall
- Cause your entire roof to fail
Water and Mold or Mildew
Water in dark, damp environments creates a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Mold can be toxic, and it’s an issue you need to address immediately. Check for mold and mildew spots on the walls or rafters in your attic, as well as on the walls and ceilings in the main living areas of your home. If you see it, it could signal that you need immediate roof leak repair.
Wood rot isn’t always easy to spot – but when you can see it, it shows up as white or yellow, and it looks stringy or spongy. Sometimes rot causes wood to turn darker brown and break up, as well.
Water in Drywall
You can spot water soaking your drywall by looking for slight spots of discoloration, mildew growth, paint that looks like it’s bulging out or overall sagging. You may see it on your ceilings or on your walls (or both). One thing’s for sure: If water leaked in and got your drywall wet once, it will happen again if you don’t address the issue immediately.
Catastrophic Roof Failure From Water Incursion
Wood rot can lead to catastrophic roof failure. Sometimes it’s not easy to spot, so watch for saggy spots from the exterior and check the rafters in your attic. Rotten wood puts your roof’s structure at risk of collapse, and if that happens, it could damage the rest of your home as well.
How Can You Tell You Need Roof Leak Repair?
It’s important that you watch for tell-tale signs of roof leaks inside and outside your home. Watch for:
- Dark spots on the ceiling or walls
- Spots in the attic where outside light shines through the roof
- A sagging appearance
- Missing or broken shingles on the roof
- Clogged gutters or those that drain slowly
- Loose roofing material on the ground near your home
- Wear-and-tear round chimneys or roof vents
What if You Need Roof Leak Repair?
The areas that water damages in your home aren’t always right beneath the leak. Sometimes you can follow the water’s path and determine where the leak is – but more often than not, it’s more complicated than that. Your roof might have multiple leaks, too, particularly if it’s older or has been damaged by hail or stormy weather.
Your best bet is to get in touch with us for an inspection. We can identify the source and perform complete roof leak repairs wherever necessary. If you’ve noticed signs of a leak, call us right now at 972-472-7069 to schedule your free roof inspection.