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How to Find and Fix a Roof Leak

Find and fix a roof leak before it causes further damage!
Find and fix a roof leak before it causes further damage! – Asset Roofing, Snohomish, WA

One of the most common reasons for major home repairs in Snohomish is water damage. It is important to take extra precautions to maintain your home properly and inspect it for leaks, particularly in areas like Washington where it rains frequently. The damage caused by an unnoticed roof leak can lead to potential infrastructure damage and health problems, and the cost of repair can escalate quite considerably. Although most people associate a roof leak with the need for buckets to capture all the water, leaks can appear in much smaller but just as serious ways. Below are some ways to help you spot a leak before it becomes a flood.

Discoloration

Dark stains or yellowing on your walls or ceiling are the most obvious way to spot a leak.

Musty Attic Smell

The musty smell in your attic is an indication that the dampness in the air, which is often caused by a leak, has resulted in mold developing. This can happen in as short a time as 24 hours once a leak develops.

Damaged Shingles

Shingles take a lot of beating from the weather. They can be blown off by strong winds and damaged by hail. Intense sunlight can dry them out resulting in cracking. Once your shingles begin to develop gaps, or to buckle, water will most likely find a way under the surface. It is vital that missing or damaged shingles be replaced as soon as possible.

Loose Granules

Loose granules in your gutters are another easy way to tell you have shingle wear.

Damaged Flashing

Flashing is generally used around chimneys, vent pipes and skylights as reinforcement for areas that are more vulnerable to rain runoff. Unfortunately, they become cracked or start to peel due to harsh weather, if they are not properly maintained. This damage makes them ineffective barriers against water. Roof sealant can be used to patch up minor damage such as gaps and small holes but in a lot of cases we recommend replacing the whole flashing.

Do You Have a Roof Leak?

An easy way to prevent long term damage before it occurs is to do a regular inspection. Roofs can be hazardous to inspect particularly if there is rain or snow, so be careful, your safety is the main concern. If you would like a professional inspection or repair give Asset Roofing in Snohomish a call. We offer competitive prices for quality services.