You may suffer extensive property damage due to roof leaks and can be a major inconvenience. You can experience structural damage to your home due to a leaking roof, including damage to your attic, walls, and ceiling.
It can even create health and safety problems for your family. Your home may be affected by mold and mildew caused by such water intrusion. Moreover, if water gets into electrical wiring, it may cause a fire hazard.
In light of all these factors, there is a need to fix roof leaks as quickly as possible, and finding out the cause of the leak is the first step.
An exterior vent pipe and flashing are always present where plumbing is installed. The configuration of some plumbing systems makes some houses prone to a ceiling leak during heavy rains. You can experience a leak even in the simplest ventilation system.
When attics are improperly ventilated, they can accumulate moist, hot air. The attic can also be a problem due to condensation on pipes. After the water condenses on the pipe, it drips into the attic and onto the ceiling. This situation occurs during heavy rainfall during the temporarily warm days.
In a chimney home, heavy rain leaks are far more likely than in a non-chimney one. Rainwater can drop through the angled flashing between the chimney and rooftop and also through masonry surfaces. The likelihood of leaks increases with such roofing attributes.
4. Deteriorated Shingles
Over time, roofing shingles dry out and wear down to the point where they are unable to keep water out. During heavy rains, leaks on the roof may mean that the shingles have worn out and need roof repair.
The skylights in your home that let natural light filter in may also be a cause of roof leaks. This occurs due to cracks in the framing or condensation that pours down from an uninsulated skylight. If it rains heavily, it is possible for leaks to develop regardless of how well the skylight has been installed.
6. Metal Corrosion
Rust around fasteners and cracks in metal are common causes of water leaks. Eventually, expansion and contraction can cause the metal roof to loosen. Leaks are also possible as a result of this wear and tear.
7. Natural Causes
Living in an area that’s generally prone to bad weather, you may have experienced damage to your roof due to weather events. Such damage can cause heavy roof leaking during a downpour. Also, in densely wooded areas, there is the possibility that animals may climb on roofs and create trouble, blemishing the roof.
The sudden leaking of a roof during a heavy rainstorm can quickly turn into a crisis. In the absence of immediate action, it could crumble, and leak detection can take time. You need to make a plan for an emergency roof repair as quickly as possible.
Maintain The Interior of Your Home
Care for your home from the inside out before doing anything else. To begin with, grab a bucket, pan, or bowl and place it under the leak to capture any water that seeps into the house.
The leak is likely to have already affected the floor, furniture, or other belongings by the time you discover it. As soon as you have a place to collect the leaking water, you need to dry any area and things that have become wet.
Hire a contractor to inspect your roof
You should begin with a thorough roof inspection. It may be possible for you to notice some things on your own; identifying problems can be challenging.
You should hire a contractor from a professional roofing company like SR1 Roofing to check your roof, especially before rainy seasons, to make sure there are no structural problems, leaks, or missing and damaged shingles that need replacing.
When it’s raining, make sure you check your attic for wet wood and drips. Track where the roof leaks are coming from by following the path of the water. This guide should help you figure out where the leak comes from while it is raining.
Trevor is an ex-firefighter / paramedic for the city of Keller for eight years and also has a 10- year background in the construction and restoration industry.
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