Oh No! I Have A Leak!
Do you know what a leak looks like? Let’s talk for a second about leaks in your home. A majority of people will experience a leak in their home at least once in their lifetime. Leaks come in all shapes and sizes and don’t just happen after a big storm. It can storm like crazy for a week straight and you might not discover a leak in your home until 2 months later. Why? Well there are a great many explanations for that, we are going to talk about a few. For instance, a storm occurred when it was warm outside and you didn’t know it but your shingles lifted off your house and water has been slowly coming into your house. The first place it goes is in the attic and isn’t the attic the hottest place in your home? Well the water evaporates before it gets through the sheetrock in your ceiling. When the weather cools down the water that is coming in your attic is no longer evaporating and begins to show up as a stain on your sheetrock in your ceiling. You begin noticing yellow stains on your drywall in your ceiling.
Water can actually sit in your attic on your drywall for a few days before you will see a yellow stain on a white ceiling. Another thing that is very common when talking about leaks is noticing the drywall mud and tape begin peeling off the ceiling and become soft to the touch. It is also not uncommon for water to slowly drip from a spot in your ceiling because, again, a puddle is just sitting on top of your drywall in the attic. Leaks are caused by a variety of different things that have happened to your roof. There could be flashing that was not installed properly, or pipe jack boot that is old and brittle and broken, or a vent that has damage to it, and of course shingles that are damaged or have lifted off your roof. No matter what the case may be leaks should always be addressed to find the cause or more damage will occur.