Storm Damage Can Lead To A Leaking Roof

What Happens if You Ignore Storm Damage

There it is: the dreaded ceiling stain. Go ahead, ignore it. Pretend it’s nothing - however in our experience, it’s always something.

The longer you wait and push it to the back of your to-do list, the worse it gets. And sometimes, the extent of damage even surprises us. I sat down with my team and thought about some of those hard conversations we have had to have with customers who had no idea what was happening on their roof. Read on to learn about one of the worst roofing jobs we have ever seen.

A Roofing Nightmare

When one homeowner spent $20,000 on a new roof, he expected to get what he paid for. However, that was not the case. Not even close. The homeowner suspected something might be wrong when he noticed what he thought could be water damage. He thought, “of course nothing is wrong, the roof was just replaced.” Instead of scheduling an inspection right away, he procrastinated until the problem became so obvious he couldn’t ignore it anymore.

The first thing we noticed was the way his shingles were misaligned - even for sawtooth roofing. The previous contractor had laid full shingles, and then cut tiny additional pieces which were laid on the edge. The shingles on the edge were hardly even attached to the roof. Any amount of wind would have blown them off the roof very quickly.

The second thing we noticed was that the shingles overlaid each other with about a one-inch gap between them. In other words, the shingles on the bottom were overexposed. We could also see keyways - something that should not be seen with a sawtooth roof.

The third thing we noticed was the ridge cap, or the middle point where both sides of the roof meet. One side looked good, the other side was a different story. From our inspection, we could tell that the previous contractors ran out of the shingles used for the ridge cap. Their solution? Make their own! (Yikes).

The fourth thing we noticed was a large hump in the middle of their roof, missing shingles and overall sloppy workmanship. The previous contractors took many, many shortcuts to say the least.

The final issue we noticed was maybe the most shocking of them all: the job wasn’t finished! We could see the old flashing and shingle sheets laying loosely on the roof. What’s more? The old flashing was coming away from the exterior of the home, leaving a gap in one area of the roof and a hole in another, perfect for water to enter into.

It should go without saying, water entering into your home from your roof can lead to serious damage and a lot of repair costs.

Detecting Roof Leaks

Locating the actual origin of a problem is probably the hardest part about fixing a leaking roof. The leak you see inside of your home might not be the exact point where the leak begins. Why? Because water can enter the roof in one place and run down to another before it starts soaking the ceiling. That’s why a proper roof inspection for leak repair is the best route any homeowner can take.

The Interior Signs of a Leaking Roof

You might think a water leak or busted pipe would be easy to spot in your home, but the truth is, sometimes signs of water damage can be hidden - in the attic, behind your walls or even come from the exterior of your home. While there are a number of ways to remedy a roof leak, the first thing you need to do is find the source.

What To Look For

Water damage can take on different colors, textures and even smells, depending on the location of the leak. The most obvious sign that you’ve got a leaking roof is discoloration in the ceiling. If you see yellow, brown or copper-like colored spots on your ceiling, you’ve got water damage.

If you suspect your home has water coming in, repair is in order. The first step you should take is to contact us to schedule a free roof inspection. We’ll get to you as soon as possible to provide a full assessment on the level of water damage your home is facing and next steps for your roof repair. There can be precautionary steps you can take - like soaking up any standing water that may have entered into your home - to prevent any further damage.

What about the crack in my ceiling?

A discolored crack indicates a moisture problem. Sometimes an overhead leak can trickle between the ceiling drywall panels, causing the joint tape to loosen, creating the appearance of a crack.

Water Damage on Your Walls

When a pipe bursts from extreme temperature changes, drywall is affected. The most obvious signs of drywall water damage are stains, sagging, bulging or actual collapse of the drywall itself. However, there is more to this type of water damage than meets the eye.

One major issue homeowners can’t see is mold growth. Mold growth begins inside wall cavities behind drywall within 24 to 48 hours after water finds its way inside. In fact, mold loves drywall; the drywall absorbs moisture that activates mold spores and the paper backing of drywall provides cellulose - a food that nourishes active growing mold.

Wet drywall may lose structural integrity that can’t be restored by drying alone. Because drywall swells when its wet, the material may pull away from fasteners and remain insecure even after drying.

Does homeowners insurance cover roof leaks?

Whether or not homeowners insurance covers a roof leak depends on what caused the leak. If your roof was damaged by a hail storm, for example, your insurance would likely cover repairs or replacement. But if a maintenance issue like wear and tear is the cause, then you would likely be responsible for the costs. At Superstorm Restoration, we have a database of storms that allows us to pinpoint if damage done to your leaking roof was the result of a storm.

If you’re in need of a roof leak repair and are unsure if your homeowners insurance will cover your roof leak, schedule your free roof inspection today.