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5 Signs that your roof is leaking

Do you have water, water, everywhere? If so, you could have a leak, but where is it coming from? Some leaks are large, others are small, and all of them can wreak havoc on your walls, foundations, and the exterior of your home. These signs will tell you that you may have a leak in your roof.

1. There’s a water stain

A water stain may look like a large puddle on the ceiling, often ringed with brown. However, it may not look like that at all. Some stains are difficult to see as they occur in darker corners, while others are small stains that could be a sign of a much larger leak. If you notice discoloration on your ceiling or walls, take a closer look for mold, moisture, and other telltale signs of a leak.

Look out for coloured leaks like this and other areas on the roof that don't look consistent with the rest

2. Sometimes there’s a drip

If you see drips, moisture on the walls, or moisture stains but don’t see them often, you may still have a leak in your roof. Even if that leak seems to go away, get it checked. You may have a collection of water that is stagnant and cannot drain properly and when it rains it leaks again when the area fills with new water. The rule with leaks: if you see moisture, investigate, even if it seems to go away. Chronic moisture problems can cause permanent damage.

Drips don't always point to the exact location of the leak, so always get an expert in to locate it for you

3. There are spots on your exterior walls

Every so often, take a look under your roof line outdoors. What do you see? If there are water spots under there, you may have trouble where the walls meet the roof. Water spots in this location can point to problems with your flashing.

Check under your roofline to see if there are any spots and damage

4. Your walls are growing

If you have a mossy or mouldy exterior wall, it could be that it’s in a less-than-sunny spot, but it could also point to a problem with your downpipes or gutters. While they’re not made out of roofing material, downpipes and gutters form an integral part of your roofing system as they move water away from your roof and down into the ground. When one is leaking, you may see signs of erosion below the gutters and signs of moisture on the sides of your home's exterior, depending on where the leak is located. Adding gutter covers and repairing sagging gutters can reduce your problems with clogged gutters.

Whilst this looks lovely and green, you don't want the walls of your house to ever look like this!

5. You see missing roof tiles or see debris in your downpipes

Missing roof tiles, problems at the seams between your roof tiles and other structures such as chimneys, and debris in your downpipes could point to troubles with your roofing material. A roof that’s getting patchy is more prone to leaking over time, and even though you don’t see a leak inside your house, there could still be a slow leak into the roof cavity. When you see damage occurring on your roof, ask for an inspection so that you can learn more about the state of your roof and possible leaks.

Cracked tiles like this can be the source of many roof leaks and damaged ceilings

If you are concerned that you may have a leak get in touch with your provider and ask for the HCSA team to attend.

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