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4 Signs Water Damage To Your Roof May Be Hurting Your Home

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From the gentle pitter-patter of rain on your windows to the enormous sidewalk puddles en route to work, you may have noticed that this past month was one of the wettest Aprils on record for New York State, with some cities recording a whopping 50% more precipitation than average. Greene Roofing wants to ensure that your house is protected against the negative effects of all of that extra moisture looming overhead. Read on for a list of warning signs that you may need to get your home inspected for water damage to your roof.

What are some signs of a leaking roof or clogged gutters?

Dripping

This may seem obvious, but having drip or moisture stains inside your home is one of the clearest indications that you should get your roof inspected for a leak. Sometimes, these drips or moisture stains will appear to “clear up” leading homeowners to believe that they can forget about them and move on to other matters. However, the root cause may be something that needs more consideration, such as an ice dam. (Check out our November article to learn more about this!) An ice dam may cause leaks intermittently, depending on whether the weather is warm enough to melt or refreeze the snow underneath your shingles, but even if a small drip is left unchecked, it may lead to longer-lasting damage to your infrastructure and more costly and more time-consuming repairs.

Discoloration

Water stains on your wall or ceilings will vary in appearance from house to house, depending on the location and severity of the leak. Some will be more noticeable — such as a puddle shaped blotch with a distinct brown border. However, some spots are harder to spot, such as ones lurking in the dark corners of your attic. It’s important to note that even if the discolored patch of your ceiling or walls seems small, it could be masking a larger and more irksome leak. Besides color changes, try to see whether or not the stain is wet or if there is mold growing.

Mossy Exterior Walls or Plants Growing in Your Gutters

A little moss on the outside of your house may not seem like the end of the world — you may even consider it an earthy accessory to your home’s appearance! However, this mold may be a warning sign that there are issues with your gutters or downspouts, which have definitely been working overtime with all of the snowstorms and heavy rain this year and now may be struggling to successfully carry water away from your roof and towards the ground.

If you notice debris in your gutters, it’s the right time to have them inspected and cleaned. When plant material and other debris collects in your gutters and isn’t flushed away properly, it can lead to plant growth in a place where it has no business being! Besides leading to the risk of sagging and clogged gutters, which may damage your roof, this may also encourage unwanted animals, like birds, squirrels, or mice, to settle into your gutters and cause even more of a housing headache.

Shingles are Looking Rough for Rear

Bad weather can take a beating on your roof, which is your house’s first line of defense against the elements. If you notice missing shingles or shingles are curving upwards, there may be a leak in your roof. In addition, take special notice of the shingles surrounding your chimney because this is one of the most common places where homeowners notice water damage!

Get Water Damage To Your Roof Repaired Before It Becomes A Bigger Problem

At Greene Roofing, we think it’s important to make sure that your house is being taken care of no matter the weather. It’s better to take precautions and have inspections done on your home early so that any maintenance needed is minimal. And whatever you need — from a routine check-up to a larger overhaul — you can trust that we will be able to handle it. Contact us today for any questions!  

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