As we hopefully begin to thaw out and see all of the snow disappear in the forefront of spring in the next few weeks, many people will start to see leaks. This does not always mean that the snow or winter caused damage; there could be many other reasons that you are suddenly seeing water in your home. Some of the most common leaks, which we have covered in the past include broken or missing flashing and broken or missing shingles, both of which can occur from strong winter storms. A few of the reasons that we have not touched on and might not readily come to mind include:
- The chimney – Your chimney might be a culprit in the new water accumulation in your attic or on your ceiling. The chimney stack can have an abundance of water that will eventually begin to trickle down into your home. If you do not seem to see a reason for the leak on the roof itself, inspect the chimney.
- Skylights – Many homes have skylights for their beauty as well as their benefit of bringing in warm air and cutting down utility bills. Unfortunately, if they are not properly installed, however, they could start to let water into the house. These leaks are pretty easy to diagnose because the leak will be right near the window.
- Inexperienced Installation – Not all installers are created equal. A bad roof installation can cause you years of headaches and a lot of money in the long run. All it takes is one small mistake to render large disasters in your home.
Of course, one of the largest reasons also includes the age of your roof. If you are nearing the end of your roof’s typical life cycle, it could be weakening on you and causing leaks. The more stringent that you are about your roof’s maintenance, the longer it typically lasts, but that is not always a guarantee. If you are concerned about the strength or longevity of your roof, it is best to have a professional inspection to determine what steps you should take to prevent your roof from leaving when the spring showers arrive.