Tracking Down Roofing Issues

Understanding Some Less Common Signs Of A Serious Roof Leak

Roof leaks are serious, especially if you want to retain the integrity of your home. However, the leaks are rarely straightforward or easy to locate. In fact, leaks typically will behave in a manner that you would expect them to. With that said, there are some roof leak signs that you should look for that you may not recognize as a serious concern.

Suddenly Stopped Leaks

Smaller leaks will develop as drips that can create wet spots in your attic. These can cause mold to develop in the area and you may see wooden beams started to soften and develop rot. These are obvious signs of a leak and you may notice the leak getting worse to the point that water spots develop on the ceiling. 

When a roof leak worsens, you may also see that water stops coming into your home. It may appear as if the leak issue has resolved itself, but in reality it has caused substantial damage already. When a leak worsens, the water will start to accumulate underneath the roofing felt. Roofing felt or felt paper is the thin membrane that is secured between the shingles and the roof deck. At first, water will slip through the small seams that sit between the pieces of the decking. These seams are meant to allow the decking to remain flexible. Over time, the roofing felt will loosen and the decking will also absorb water. 

When the deck starts to absorb water, it will expand. The expansion will fill in the spaces around the deck seams and also around nail holes as well. This will close up the area where the water can leak into your home. Unfortunately, once the deck becomes wet, it will weaken and deteriorate. The water damaged deck material will then need to be replaced and so will the felt paper and the shingles too.

If you think that your roof leak has progressed to the point where damage has become widespread, then you should seek assistance for a repair as soon as possible or the damage is likely to spread. 

Expanding Walls

The vast majority of individuals will have drywall in their homes. When it comes to drywall, leaks will cause some fairly telltale stains on this material. The stains typically appear round and either yellow or brown. However, staining is not always present, especially if relatively clean rainwater makes its way to the drywall without mixing with dirt, debris, or drywall materials. In many cases, an open hole in the flashing around your chimney, or a space between your plumbing vent and the rubber boot will cause this sort of issue. 

Not only can clean water drip onto the ceiling, but it can find its way to the back of the wall or the middle section of the drywall. This can cause the drywall to absorb the moisture and the wall may look as though it is expanding or growing. There are some other things you will see when this happens, and it is not your imagination. 

The paper that covers your drywall and that is exposed may start to soften or wrinkle. If you place your hand against the wall, it may feel cold. 

Drywall expansion issues are common in situations where water pipes have started to develop leaks, so it can be hard to determine the issue without actually looking behind the wall. Since the water damaged drywall will need to be replaced in addition to the roof or plumbing leak, this sort of examination is not as stressful as you may think. 

There are a variety of other signs that you have a leak, like moss and mildew growing on the exterior of your home and the appearance of wrinkled or cupped roofing shingles. If you notice one of these signs or if you think that a leak issue may have developed, then contact a professional so a thorough examination can be completed.