How to Determine Roof Water Damage From a Leak

Roof Leak Damage

Problems Caused by Roof Water Damage

What may seem like a minor leak on the ceiling from your attic or roof, may actually be a small leak that can quickly turn into a big problem.  It’s Important to know how to tell if a house has roof water damage and how to find the water damage. These tips will help you solve and prevent future roof and water damages in your home.

It’s been reported, from Water Damage Defense, that approximately 14,000 people in the US experience a water damage emergency at home or work each day, and that 98% of basements in the US will experience some form of water damage. Not only is it imperative to identify the damage, but what you can do to resolve the problem and any other potential blows to your budget.

How can you tell if the ceiling has water damage?

Normally, undamaged ceilings are straight and solid structures.  Whenever you begin to notice any cracks (either straight or angular – such as mimicking a spider’s web) or a sagging ceiling, there may be an underlying issue with your roof.  Crooked or bowing ceilings can also be a clue to potential water damage and may be in need of roof leak repair.

Once you begin to notice water falling and leaking into your home, it’s time to call a professional.  There is the option to try and safely locate the damage yourself  in order to clearly communicate to a specialist what you’ve been noticing in your home. Carefully read through this article before you seek any issues to know what exactly you’re looking for; the information below may help give you specifics into finding the best solutions.

Can you get mold from a leaky roof?

Yes.  Specifically, if you happen to notice any water stains on the ceilings, there could be an issue with either a leaky pipe or leaky roof.  When a leak occurs, and you happen to notice any black water leaking from the ceiling, this could be a sure sign of a leak in the ceiling coming from the roof.  If there is a roof leak issue which has been ignored overtime, the water may have created an even bigger issue and could have developed mold on the ceiling from the roof leak.

For roof leak mold remediation, the best step to take, for the safety of you and your family is to contact a professional team at Jenkins Restoration who specialize in mold removal and environmental services.

How can you find a roof leak in the attic?

In order to detect any evidence of attic water damage, grab a flashlight and look at the underside of the roof.  If you notice any dark, wet patches, or signs of mold and damaged insulation in one specific area, be sure to carefully inspect any foreign objects that may have torn or punctured the roof itself.  Below are some specific examples of exterior and interior causes to roof water damage you may be experiencing:

Roof Water Damage

Causes of Roof Water Damage

Whether there’s minor or major damage, it’s important to know how to tell if your roof is leaking.  There may be many causes that affect both the integrity to the exterior and interior of your home.  The following lists are common causes of roof water damage:

Exterior causes:

  • Cracked Flashing
  • Broken Shingles
  • Valleys are Sealed Improperly
  • Vent Booting Cracked
  • Ice Dam Buildup
  • Gutters are Clogged
  • Cracked Chimney
  • Buckling or curling roofing shingles, or loss of granulation

Interior causes:

  • Improper installation of Skylights
  • Condensation in Attic (or a musty smell is a sign of mold growth, which frequently occurs when your roof has been leaking)
  • Peeling paint or rotting wood around skylights
  • Water stains or mold or mildew around your chimney

Fix Your Water Damaged Areas

In order to fix the interior damages, there are options.  One of them is to hire a roof leak repair certified professional who can inspect with expertise and operate safely.

There are also other methods available for those who prefer to do it yourself.  Here are some safe and effective ways to fix a water damaged ceiling or walls

First you must shut off the water source to your home.  Then you will need to dry the affected areas – again if there’s any sight of mold, wear protective gear to prevent any respiratory issues or simply call a certified professional.

Then, you can remove the damaged areas of the interior and repair.  Specifically you use a patch of drywall and sandpaper to smooth out any rough areas where the new drywall meets the original structure. Lastly, you can prime and paint the area to create a seamless finish to the area.

Repairing Ceiling Water Damage

Prevent Roof Water Damage

The best advice for preventing any possible water damage from leaking roof is to maintain the quality of your roof and the surrounding areas of your property regularly.  A professional roofing contractor can inspect the roof’s integrity and fix missing shingles, warping, corrosion, or any other issue, in order to prevent roof leakage. Specific examples to prevent roof water damage include:

  • Avoid limbs and debris falling on your roof by trimming your trees to a
  • Clean off any twigs, leaves, etc. already on the roof
  • Frequently Inspect and clean both gutters and downspouts to ensure proper drainage
  • Contact a roofing contractor inspect your roof regularly


Does homeowners insurance cover water damage from leaking roofs?

Water damage can be covered by homeowners insurance.  A standard homeowners insurance policy will cover water damage and roof leaks unless they’re the result of gross negligence on your part.

Even if the roof leak is caused by a windstorm or a tree crashing through the shingles, you’re covered.  File an insurance claim: take photos / get an estimate and file claim

How can I tell where a roof leak is coming from?

Location is key.  It’s good to have a sense of awareness of your home both  inside and out.   In general, knowing where your basic water source, and power / electrical source is necessary for when any issue may occur.

For leaks, you can see, or even hear evidence of water dripping and leaking in your home. Once found, examine the extent of the damage in order to narrow down any potential causes.

Can a leaking roof cause a fire?

Depending upon where exactly the leak is and where the water lands, there is a possibility of a fire starting.  It’s important to know where any electrical units may be (outlets, light switches, appliances, etc, as well as where and how the water is traveling.

If the water is traveling, or leaking anywhere near electrical circuits, there is a potential hazard for fire.  Essentially water can reach near the circuitry and cause a spark and make the surrounding combustible materials go up in flames.  Be sure and contact Jenkins Restorations if you need roof leak water damage repair.

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