The worst thing a homeowner could find is water where it doesn't belong; water damage can wreak havoc and cost a fortune if not resolved promptly. If you see water, notice stains, or smell mildew, find the root cause of your leak. If needed, contact a contractor or roofing professional to assess and find the problem for you.
The first five places to look for the cause of your leak are:
1.Your roof. The first place to look if you suspect water is leaking into your home somewhere is the roof. Damaged or missing shingles could be allowing water to seep in, especially if you live in a damp or humid climate. Contact a roofing pro to replace shingles promptly, and repair any issue with the roof that could be allowing water a way to get in to your home's bones.
2.The gutter system. A sagging gutter trough may not seem like a big deal, but it can cause water damage and staining on the side of your house if left untended. Furthermore, a sagging segment presents a dangerous hazard to anyone nearby as well as your property if it breaks free from the system. Don't risk it; repair gutters when you notice sags or leaks.
3.Your home's downspout. A misdirected downspout can flood your basement in no time. Even if it doesn't send water rushing into your basement, a small, steady stream can seep through the concrete and erode your foundation. This can cause mold to grow and the stinky mildew-smell that may alert you to the situation.
4.The chimney flashing. If the flashing around your chimney is bad, water could be seeping in from your roof. Make sure that you have roofing contractors check your flashing whenever you have repairs made or replace shingles. This can cause your chimney to deteriorate and crumble, as the mortar used is a porous material.
5.Your basement or crawl-space. Once you have ruled out these exterior issues, look inside your home for the cause of the leak: your basement. If your sump-pump is not working properly, it may not be removing the ground water that can seep in and cause dampness in your home's basement or crawl-space.
Don't put off finding where your water is coming from; if you leave a leak, it can perpetuate into water damage, mold problems, and costly repairs quite quickly, especially if you live in a wet climate. Contact a roofing expert or professional contractor, like one from Advantage Roofing, to find the root of your leak, and to resolve it as quickly as possible to preserve your home's integrity and protect it from deterioration.