How to Detect a Roof Leak
Roof leaks ruin anybody’s day, and they always seem to come around at the most inconvenient of times. But what if there was a way for you to know ahead of time that your roof might be having serious issues? Well, you’re in luck. Here at Alliance Roofing, we know a lot about our industry, so we’ve seen our fair share of leaks, cracks and damages to all sorts of residential and commercial roofs. We know exactly what you should keep your eye out for, because chances are—we’ve seen it happen before. Here are a few of the most obvious signs we look for when determining if a roof is experiencing a leak.
One of the most obvious tells of a roof leak is a ceiling stain. Carefully walk through your property while inspecting the ceiling. If there are any areas that are questionable, use a flashlight and get a closer look. That’s no “discolored paint”—it’s definitely a stain. And if there are stains and spots, it’s pretty likely that you have a roof leak on your hand. These stains are caused by water damage and it can get pretty serious pretty quickly if left unattended.
Oftentimes, ceiling stains may come hand-in-hand with noticeable water droplets. If you’re noticing puddles in places where there shouldn’t be puddles, or have employees commenting on how sometimes certain areas seem to have water dripping down it, then it’s time to have your roof inspected. Having actual water leak into your business is more than just a nuisance—it can destroy valuable work equipment and be a danger to your employees and customers.
Mold is a telltale sign of a leak. Though you might not be able to see the leak that causes it, if you’re finding mold on the exterior of your property, then it’s likely it’s from unseen water damage. Sometimes the mold will even be present inside your business! If you’re seeing mold on your ceiling or discover some in the walls while doing repairs, then you have a roof leak that needs to be attended to.
While most of these have to do with the interior of your property, sometimes you can actually tell if you have a roof leak by inspecting the exterior of your property. It’s time to take a good look at your shingles. Do any of them look cracked, buckled or worse for wear? Even worse, are any of them just completely missing? If this is the case, then you already know that your roof isn’t being protected adequately from moisture. It’s time to get that fixed, STAT! If any of these sound like something you’ve experienced at your business or in your home, then you just might have a roof leak. And if you haven’t experienced any of these warning signs, then you’re in luck! But be on the lookout for any of the signs of a roof leak.