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What Are Some Indicators of a Roof Leak?

What Are Some Indicators of a Roof Leak? Thursday, June 20, 2019

As a homeowner, one of the things you don’t want to look up and see is a brown stain on your ceiling—it’s generally a big sign that you’ve got a roof leak somewhere. We get a lot of rain here in the central Florida area that includes Plant City, Lakeland, and Winter Haven, so finding a roof leak isn’t necessarily surprising, just inconvenient.

There are other signs of a roof leak that can be caught quickly before it turns into a larger issue and causes even more damage to your home. Here are some indicators of a roof leak, what to look out for, and how we at True Builders can help you prevent these issues.

Work to Identify Roof Damage by Inspecting the Outside of Your Roof, Ceilings, & Attic

This ceiling in Winter Haven is showing signs of a roof leak.

When you're outside in your lawn and you can get a visual on the outside of your roof, look to see if there are any visible signs of damage. Shingles will often be damaged or torn off during a bad storm, which leaves points of weakness throughout your roof. You can also examine piping, the chimney (if you have one in Florida), and gutters for signs of damage. These can all contribute to leaks and water getting inside your home and walls.

If you spy these indicators, it’s time to call in a professional like True Builders.

  • Shingles: broken, damaged, missing, or curling
  • Roof cement: crumbling
  • Gutters: rusting, leaking, coming off of the house, bent, missing sections, clogged
  • Chimneys: broken, damaged, missing bricks
  • Attic: damp rafters, missing insulation, moisture
  • Ceiling: brown stains, moisture, dripping water

You may also want to check inside your attic to see if there are any signs of dampness or leaks up there.

Schedule Routine Roof Inspections to Prevent Further Damage

It’s important for you to check your roof, but let’s face it: we’re not all roofing experts. A professional can take a look at your roof and tell you exactly where the weak spots are located and how they can fix them for you to avoid even worse damage later on. It’s also safer for you to hire a pro to climb up on top of your home to check for damage that may not be visible from the ground.

At True Builders, we are trained in the proper ways to get up on your roof and assess your damage issues. An untrained person climbing up on a roof could end up injuring themselves or causing more damage to their roof. We do still recommend that you do a visual check-in from time to time, especially in this area where we get a lot of rain, wind, and storms.

Do you suspect that your roof is leaking?

A worker fixing roof damage in Plant City, FL.

Don’t ignore signs of roof leakage. This can lead to much worse damage such as mold growing in your home which can cause numerous health issues for you, your family, and even your pets. We can help you fix any roof damage or leaks that have happened, whether it be from normal wear and tear, or from the central Florida weather beating on it.

Give us a call at (863) 647-1800 so we can come out and take a look at your roof. We cover central Florida areas such as Plant City, Lakeland, Winter Haven, and more. Don’t let roof maintenance sink on your list of home repair priorities!

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