Water dripping is never a good sign anywhere in the house, but when it comes to your roof, it could be a sign of serious damage that you must fix as soon as possible. How do you know if water dripping is putting your home at risk, though? You need to look for the most common signs.
Look for common signs
Water stains around the walls underneath your roof are a sign of water dripping. These stains will appear as dark puddles with a brown ring. That being said, such stains are often unnoticeable, especially if they occur in parts of the house you rarely venture, such as a utility closet. Even small stains are something you need to fix, as although they are small, it could be a sign of a leak that is much more substantial.
You can identify spotting by looking under the roofline outside your home. If there are water spots, it could be a sign that there is a problem with your flashing, and you should make an effort to fix it as soon as possible.
Debris around the house or at the base of your downpipe both point towards water dripping from a leaking roof. While these are not examples of pooling water in this area, it shows that your roof may have become compromised after a storm, and rain could have breached your roof, causing a leak.
When you identify water dripping in your home, you must act quickly to prevent the problem from getting worse. You can also take steps to prevent issues from occurring altogether.
Regular roof inspections, even from the ground, will go a long way towards preventing damage to your roof from water dripping. Just because you cannot see any evidence now doesn’t mean there is not an issue. So, weekly inspections can prevent problems. During storm season, you should inspect more regularly to catch problems early.
Minimize further damage
There is no point in leaving a problem after you identify it. If possible, minimize further damage by locating the source of the dripping water and protect the area. Even wrapping a towel around a pipe and placing a bucket underneath while you wait for a repair can prevent significant damage to your home.
What are your options?
Spot repair is a useful, if often temporary, solution for preventing roof damage. This is usually an option if your roof is less than 15 years old. But, as it is temporary, it does not entirely fix the leak.
Roof replacement may seem like an extreme solution, but it will guarantee that any damage caused by dripping water is completely solved. Considering how dangerous your roof can become if you do not fix it completely, a roof replacement should be something you always consider.
Get in touch today
Kraft Roofing & Construction knows how important your home is to you. With years of experience, we can solve a wide range of problems with your roof after a leak has damaged it. If you suspect or have evidence of water dripping, fill out a contact form today for a free inspection and estimate. Additionally, if you have any questions call us at 281-816-7101.