Springtime can mean a lot of rain, but it can also be a prime time to have leaks start up in your roof. These often occur where there has been a lot of freezing and thawing, as that ice can push up shingles and cause damage underneath. If you aren’t sure if your home or business is ready to get hit with this spring’s downpours, then you may want to call in a professional Huntsville roofer to take a peek. It’s better to be safe than sorry, as they say!
Potential Signs of Leaks in Your Roof
The most obvious sign that you have a leak in your roof is to have water coming in. This can be during, or immediately following rain, or even when the snow and ice are melting. However, this is rarely what people notice when it comes to leaky roofs. Far more often, people notice a stain on their ceiling. This looks like a ring where the ceiling begins to look wet or discolored. This is a sign that there is some type of a drip coming down from above the ceiling. This could be the earliest sign of a problem, and should definitely be investigated.
Another common sign that you may have a leak in your roof is a musty smell coming from the attic or rafters of your home. Now, most homes have a bit of an odd smell coming from this area of the home anyway because this area of the home does not often get used, so dust and uncirculated air collect in there, leaving behind a certain aroma. However, mustiness or mildew have a more distinct smell that should be a sign of concern. Mildew only comes from something being damp and not drying, so you need to figure out what could be wet, and where that liquid came from.
Should You Find an Issue, You Need to Call In the Pros
Getting a Huntsville roofing contractor out to your home is the first thing you should do once you notice any sized leak coming from your roof. The sooner you get it repaired, the less damage it is going to have the capability of doing. Please take care to let the contractor know what signs you have found, and point out where those issues are coming from. The contractor should be able to figure out where the leak is coming from, and let you know what it is going to take to get it fixed up properly. Sometimes the leaks require very little to fix them, but other times, the leak in the roof means the roof will need to be replaced. The only way to know is have someone with the training and experience that a professional will have, take a peek.
Don’t get caught off-guard this spring. Take the time to look around your home and take note of any issues you come across. If you aren’t sure, keep an eye on the area the next time it rains and see what you notice. When you notice any type of an issue that raises concern, call in the pros. If you try and repair the roof yourself, you could end up doing damage to the safe part of the roof, or falling and hurting yourself in the process. It’s not worth the risk or the cost of having to have someone come out and do it a second time. Protect your home from the impending wet season with the help of your local Huntsville roofers, and stay nice and dry this year!
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