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water stain on a ceilingHaving a leak in the roof of your home is never a good thing. Unfortunately, that sometimes happens over the winter. Shingles get worn out, dry, and brittle. When the winter cold hits, it makes them crack and before you know it, you have a small leak. If you aren’t sure what to look for, here are a few sure-fire signs that there is some type of a leak up there. Once you see these signs, it is time to call on your local Huntsville roofing company for help.

Sign One: You Have Water Rings on the Ceiling

One of the most definite signs of a water problem is rings on the ceiling. It is similar to a tea stain in color, and often resembles a puddle, just on the ceiling directly under the roof. Usually you will find it slowly getting larger over a few days of thawing or a good rainfall. If you notice it, but cannot investigate it right away, take a picture. The next time it rains, compare the photo to how it looks now. If it grew, then you definitely have a water problem.

Sign Two: You Have an Occasional Drip

Another sign that your Huntsville roof is leaking is every now and again you have a drip. When the weather is cold, ice dams develop. This is when ice is shoved backwards, under your shingles. Typically, they freeze again there. So, you won’t notice an issue from this right away. Next, when the ice begins to thaw, you have a leak. However, if the water freezes up again, the leak may stop, and you may think it was nothing. Keep an eye out where you saw the first drip. If it happens again, call in the pros.

Sign Three: Your Upper Exterior Walls Are Wet

One area that is often overlooked is the outside of your house. One sign that you may have a leak in your roof is water along the upper part of your exterior walls. What you want to do is examine the area right at the top of the exterior wall, near where it connects to the roof. Unless you had rain come in sideways, there should not be water spots, drops, or accumulation up there. When you see water up there, you may have flashing issues. If that is the case, you need professional roofers to come out and see what is going on.

Sign Four: Mold is Growing on the Outside of Your Home

Some homes have a bit of mold on the outside of them. When the house sits in a shady area, this can happen. However, it is relatively rare. If you notice that your home has mold growing on it, make sure to take note of it. Keep an eye on the growth, or again, opt for pictures. If it keeps growing, especially without any other reason for it, call in the experts and have them check. Always better to be safe than sorry!

Sign Five: Shingles Are Missing from Your Roof

If you look up and see that you have missing shingles on top of your roof, chances are, there is a leak in there somewhere. It may not be a big leak, depending on the condition of your roofing materials left behind. However, any leak is not good. Call in a professional Huntsville roofing company and have them look around. If all they find is a small leak, have them replace the shingles and see if the problem goes away.

For more information, give us a call. We are one of experienced Huntsville roofers, and we can definitely help you avoid and repair leaks in your roof.

Give us a call 256-325-2277, or email us for a free roof inspection and Free Estimate

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