Sometimes a leak will travel 10-20 feet away from the penetration area.
Well this last week’s weather was pretty good, besides Friday night through Sunday where it rained like cats and dogs with lightning and thunder crashing all around the area, at least where I live (CAMAS, WA).
While all this moisture was falling from the heavens I was noticing my gutters were full and spilling over the sides. Now listen, I clean my gutters more than a couple times a year and didn’t even have a notion this would be a problem. Come to find out that with all the dry weather and the wind from the spring I had a small layer of decomposed leaves and debris dried so hard that water would not pass through the downspout holes!
Literally like ¼ inch or less of material causing all this mess. So here I am out in the darn rain punching holes in the clogged downspouts, so the gutters would drain. Ugh. Now, that I have that vented (get it?) let’s move on.
Remember it doesn’t take much to cause a gutter to back up so that if your roof flashing isn’t correctly installed it will cause serious damage to your home. It got me thinking about other ways water can make it into your home, and how to prevent that from happening. But if it is too late to save your roof remember, All County Roofing is ready to assist you with a FREE Roof Estimate. Call Now! 360-869-1141
In one scenario, finding the source of a leak could be easy, While others will possibly require a garden hose and an inside spotter looking for drips or moisture. Honestly, it just depends on a multitude of variables: location of the home, type of roofing, how many layers, flashing, gutters, etc.
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Sometimes you think you have a roof leak when in fact the roof is fine. Attic condensation is a prime example. High humidity can cause condensation and “rain” to fall in your attic. It can also make the underside of the roof sheathing look wet convincing you to think you have a leak instead. Chimney crowns can develop cracks. Siding can be missing above a roof. This can cause water to enter behind head flashing.
There are so many different ways water can get in. The best practice is to do regular maintenance and check ups.
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Great post! Quick and to the point, yet very informative!
Thanks again for the nice comments, Nathan.