27 Sep 2017

A leaky roof and water damage

If you saw a house with gutters sagging, water running down the siding outside, and stains on the ceilings inside, you’d know there was trouble under that roof. But what if you’re already living in the house, and you don’t keep your eyes open for the signs of a leaky roof? You can get a rude awakening down the line when you discover major home damage requiring expensive repairs.

So what should you look for to protect yourself?

Leaky roof clues inside your house

1. Stains and watermarks on your ceiling and walls

Even if a stain is in the middle of a first floor ceiling and you have a second story above, it could indicate a leak in your roof. Water can take surprising routes, especially over time.

Of course, staining could be from some other source. Either way, it’s important to get the problem promptly diagnosed and repaired.

2. Dipping or sagging ceilings

Even without visible stains, water damage can cause ceilings to sag—little dips here and there or sagging over a larger area. Don’t ignore this warning sign. Give us a call and the GoTo Roofing professionals can come and inspect your roof, free of charge.

Leaky roof clues outside your house

3. Staining behind gutters

Water flowing behind gutters is an indication that something is wrong. It could be as simple as properly connecting the downspout to the roof gutter. Or it could be a bigger issue. Check it out.

4. Watermarks, discoloration, or sagging in the soffits

The soffit is the area under the eaves—between the outside wall and the edge of the roof. Water damage there can flow back into the house.

5. Water flow close to the house

Shingles shrink over time. A common problem with older roofs is that the shrunken shingles no longer successfully transfer water away from your home, causing damage to siding or structural elements.

Protect yourself. Pay attention to clues, and address them as soon as they appear. Give us a call at 734.627.ROOF and we’ll come to your home to diagnose the root (or roof!) problem. Then enjoy your home with peace of mind.