Federal Way Roofing: Article About Discovering Interior Roof Leaks
Some roof leaks are obvious types, flowing right into a garage or attic with immediate visible damage. However, Federal Way roofing professionals are also aware of those hidden and persistent leaks that damage significant property over time. Although a leak could be incredibly small, its damage over time contributes to wood decay and even black mold. Homeowners should hire a professional if they notice any water damage so repair tactics can be immediately employed.
Residents may be under the impression that wall and ceiling stains quickly lead to roof leak detection, but this is not the case. Stains are just a part of a leaking roof problem. They don't offer a straight line to the leak. Damage may be from a trickle effect through several feet of wood, insulation and drywall. Contractors can use the stains as stepping stones for further investigation, but they aren't the keys to leak locations.
The attic is the most obvious area for water damage, so contractors often start their inspection work in this space. They'll evaluate support beams, drywall and plywood for any staining, mold or mildew growth. Leaks could actually leave puddles in the attic with severe problems.
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Professionals may follow a puddle or water stream into the home below to complete their inspection process.
One strategy roofers use to detect leaks is running water at the roof level. By simulating consistent rain, a leak can become active again for professionals to see immediately. One contractor may be on the roof while another is inside the attic to see the leak forming. This strategy is common and normally works for most leaks. However, the leak could still be trapped within a wall or other cavity where it's not immediately seen with running water on the roof.
Contractors also inspect other interior areas including fixtures and switch panels. Water seeps into cracks and crevices as it flows freely inside a home. Fixtures and switches are perfect crevices for seeping water. Professionals may remove wall and ceiling covers to see if any moisture exists. These access points also provide another view into the home's construction to see where a leak could originate or its inevitable pathway.
When potential homebuyers visit a property, some questionable sellers may try to paint over water damaged areas. Be present during home inspection processes to look over all walls, ceilings and floors. Water is corrosive and can create a large repair bill after a home is sold to an unaware buyer.