Diagnosing the Symptoms of Roof Leaks
Water can easily infiltrate a home from a roof. Although we commonly think and talk about water
penetrating and hurting a home from the inside—i.e. pipes bursting or tubs overflowing—it would be
folly to forget a real menace.
What causes leaks
Storm damage in Knoxville often offer the
biggest threat we are most likely to
encounter. Storms bring with them
thousands of liters of water to dump on
These rain drops fall from tens of
thousands of feet in the air to pelt the
ground with small pin pricks. Should the
rain be allowed to enter your house, it
would suffer more water damage from
one storm, than it likely would from any
overflow or bursting pipe.
The consequences would be amazing as everything you treasure is soaked in just a few short minutes.
Luckily, you have a roof for that kind of thing.
A roof is designed to combat all the perils of the outside world. Through rain or shine it sits there,
protecting you and your belongings from flooding.
It’s easily overlooked as an asset though. Usually we look at it as a normal aspect of our lives.
Should we leave it alone, it wouldn’t be a problem. It’ll stand strong and firm for years to come.
This is true. Your current roof will last for a very long time, even if you do forget about it.
Roofers have improved their durability over the years and you can now count on them for a very long
time. Just because they’ve made such progress in the engineering world doesn’t mean that roofs have
perfect designs to be left completely maintenance free.
Signs of a leak
Just like your car, the best way
to ensure a long-life, you need
to maintain it. Here are a few
signs that you can look for to
see if you should spend a bit
more time maintaining your
Look for unnatural bulges in
your ceiling. If you see a portion
of your ceiling sagging a bit, you
should always investigate it
from the opposite side.
Do not just assume that your
house is getting old and that
this is normal wear and tear.
Although it could be the case, there is almost always another explanation.
It could be the sign of a leak. If allowed to puddle, you could soon find that bulge swelling until it would
no longer hold water and eventually collapse.
Should it do so, everything in its way would soon be drenched in water. And to add insult to injury, there
would begin a steady drip from the new gaping hole in the ceiling.
If you see one, get up into your ceiling immediately and sort it out. Find the leak and fix it, before
Knoxville water damage becomes your weekend project.
These unsightly bulges have been seen in walls when water gets between the drywall and the paint. It
will appear that some weird blemish is streaking slowly down your wall.
This could also lead back to holes, cracks or gaps in your roof that are allowing rain to seep in. Find more
ideas online and from neighbors about how to best maintain your roof.
You will want to get on a regular schedule that will be dictated by the environment that you live in. Drier
places will require fewer inspections.
Wetter areas will obviously ask for more. Find out what’s right for your area.
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