Although summer is here, the rain has not yet let up. We can expect more and more precipitation this season, and depending on where you live, possibly even more come fall and winter. For this reason, it is important to ensure that your roof is in good condition, and durable enough to handle the rain, wind, and wetness.
One way to do this is to have your roof routinely inspected by a licensed and insured Indianapolis roofing company. Before each season, they can examine your roofing system in order to catch small problems early on, before they can become costly, tedious, and invasive repairs. In the meantime, it is helpful to learn how to spot a leaking roof so that you can also catch a water leak or roof repair need before it gets worse.
Continue reading to learn the top three most obvious signs of a leaky roof, and what to do immediately after discovering a water leak in your home.
❶ Visible Water
The most obvious sign that your roof is leaking is actually seeing the water for yourself. When water is visibly leaking from the ceiling or walls, or pooling on the floors, it is a sure sign that there is a leak somewhere above. Although it is possible that leaks can come from water-related appliances like water heaters, water softeners, dishwashers, washing machines, and boilers, seeing visible water on ceilings and walls is a strong indication of a roof leak.
❷ Musty Odors
If an area of your home smells stale and musty, much like an unfinished basement, it could be a sign of stagnant water accumulation or moisture. When drywall and framing become wet and damp, they will start to develop mold and fungus. As result, musty odors will also develop in the living quarters of your home. A common place for this to occur is in the attic.
❸ Increased Energy Bill
Another common sign that water is leaking from the roof is a high energy bill. When water saturates roof insulation, it can reduce the level of energy efficiency within the home, which then causes an increase of energy consumption to make up for the loss because your AC is forced to work harder. As a result, your energy bills will skyrocket for what seems to be for no apparent reason.
Do You Have a Roof Leak?
Read our article, What To Do If You Find a Leak in Your Roof, if you discover any of the above-mentioned signs. Then immediately contact a licensed roof repair contractor for safe and qualified roof repair. The longer you wait to address a roof leak, the more extensive the damage will be, which results in higher repair bills and longer turnaround times.