Hunting for Roof Leaks: Nipping it in the Bud

Extensive Mold Growth From Roof Leaks

Continual Humidity Caused by a Leak Can Provide Growing Space for Mold.

Roof leaks have the tendency to snowball, gradually creating more problems and costly damage until the situation is way out of your control. Perhaps the number one reason why leaks are so frustrating is that they go unnoticed for days, or even weeks. By the time you actually spot the symptoms, you could be dealing with hundreds, even thousands of dollars in damages. To help you avoid that nasty bill, here are some times to help you find and address that ugly roof leak!

How Can I Find a Roof Leak?

When you first start to detect leak symptoms, be it the irritating tapping noise or something else, start by eliminating the usual suspects. After all, not every leak starts in your roof. They can also pop out of:

  • Your water heater
  • Pipes in the walls or attic
  • Your HVAC system
  • Your shower

It’s best to eliminate these possibilities before you go calling your local service men. But if you look into your water heater storage area and find mold growing in the closet, it’s probably time to schedule that water heater inspection. Supposing you’ve already spotted moisture dripping from the ceiling, you can start in the attic instead.

Take a look at the affected area, then examine the roofing and supports above. You may not see any active dripping, but their will likely still be residual moisture in the area around the leak. Whether or not you find the exact spot on your rooftop at this point, it’s best to go ahead and call for a professional.

Can a Roof Leak Cause Mold?

One afternoon of rain will not cause immediate mold growth. Mold requires consistent humidity to develop. A long-term leak could create the conditions for mold to start growing however. Because your attic contains many porous materials that water can permeate, there’s potential for mold to develop anywhere the water escapes to. 

But mold isn’t the only problem you could be facing. Any wires exposed to leaks could short and cause power fluctuations or even a fire. It could also ruin insulation, ceiling, and wall material.

Schedule a Roof Inspection for Your Home

If you’re concerned about potential roof leaks and the potential mold growth that follows, call our team at 281-300-4363 and schedule a professional roof inspection by Andy Nichols Roofing. We’d love to help you find your peace of mind!