Water damage is a common reason for major home repairs. This is why you need to maintain your Puget Sound home properly and make a point of looking for any possible leaks. That’s particularly true if you live in a high rainfall region like we do in Snohomish, Bellevue, Everett and the surrounding area. An unnoticed roof leak may possibly result in infrastructure damage and health problems for your family. Here are some things to look out for when checking for leaks.
The most obvious way to spot a leak is to look out for dark stains or yellowing on your walls or ceiling.
Musty Smelling Attic
An indication that mold is developing in your attic, is the musty smell caused by dampness in the air, most likely as a result of a leak.
Shingles take a real hammering from the weather. Besides hail damage, they can be blown off the roof by strong winds, and harsh sunlight can dry them out causing cracking. Once this happens water finds a way to get under the surface, and this is why it is essential to replace damaged or missing shingles as soon as possible.
Flashing is used as waterproofing and reinforcement around skylights, vent pipes and chimneys. Unfortunately, without proper maintenance, extreme weather causes them to crack or start peeling and they become ineffective barriers against water. Minor damage can be patched with roof sealant, but we generally recommend replacing the whole flashing in a lot of cases.
The easiest way to prevent long term damage to your Washington home is to have your roof inspected regularly. Be careful to guard your safety when inspecting your roof. It can be hazardous, particularly if there is rain or snow, and your safety comes first. Why not give Four Seasons Roofing a call for a professional inspection or repair. We offer quality services at competitive prices.