If you think you might have a roof or ceiling leak, or if you just want an annual (or even bi-annual) inspection to make sure your roof is watertight, contact us today and we’ll come out and inspect it. Regular roof leak detection inspections can save you money in the long run because a roofing repair can be quite expensive.
At Miami Roofing Systems we offer…
Water Intrusion Detection
Using today’s technology, it’s possible to detect roof leaks before you even notice them. That’s a good thing because roof leaks can cause a lot of damage to furniture, rugs, electronics, and other valuable items. If you live in a wood house, roof leaks can lead to wood rot and structural damage. Of course, moisture will also lead to mold growth which can cause a variety of health issues.
Damage caused by roof leaks can be expensive to fix. Therefore, it’s better to find roof leaks early before they have a chance to cause significant damage.
Obvious Signs Of A Roof Leak
Some of the more obvious signs of a roof leak include water leaks from the ceiling, water running down walls, water stains on ceilings, floors, or walls, and visible mold. These should be easy to spot.
A musty smell is another sign. This happens because moisture encourages mold growth and wood rot, both of which have distinctive odors. So, if you smell something suspicious, investigate. You might have a leaking roof.
Roof Leak Signs That Aren’t As Obvious
Some leaking roof signs aren’t as obvious as water running down walls. Here are a few things to watch out for…
Think you might have a ceiling leak from rain? If so, the next time it rains, go up to your attic and listen carefully for the sound of water dripping. Do you hear anything? Do any of the beams in your attic have water on them? What about the attic insulation and the floor? Are there any damp areas?
If it hasn’t rained in awhile you can create some ‘’rain’’ using a garden hose. Test small areas of your roof at at time. Be careful though. Working on a roof can be dangerous. If you’re not absolutely confident that you can safely work on your roof, contact a professional.
What about shingles? Are there any missing from your roof? Shingles are designed to keep water out. If any of them are missing, water could be finding a way inside your home.
Water can also get into your home via leaks around windows and dormers. Check the caulking to make sure it’s not coming loose.
Do you see any gaps between your home’s siding and the step flashing? If water gets between the siding and the step flashing it can start running down your walls.
When looking for leaks it’s important to keep in mind that because water runs downward the source of the leak might be above the point where the leak enters your house.
Rotten Wood Detection
Rotten wood is caused by excess humidity, moisture condensation, and problems with ventilation. It’s quite common in hot, humid regions because the humidity and high temperatures encourage fungi growth. While rotten wood certainly looks bad, the real problem is its ability to cause serious structural damage to your roof.
You can spot rotten wood in your roof because it’s discolored and soft to the touch. You can easily break it up using a screwdriver. However, just because you don’t see rotten wood, doesn’t mean it’s not there. Rotten wood can hide underneath shingles.
Wood rot isn’t something that happens overnight. It happens slowly and that means that a yearly roof inspection can detect wood rot before it has a chance to turn into a big problem. In a hot, humid climate like Florida, roofs should be inspected at least once per year for wood rot. Rotten wood can be prevented via good roof ventilation.
If you think you might have a roof leak, rotten wood in your roof, or if you just want a yearly roof inspection, contact us today. Regular roof inspections – whether they’re checking for leaks or rotten wood – will save you money in the long run because they’ll spot problems early.