Fort Worth Roofing: Article About Detecting Leaks In Roofs

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Leak detection is one of the more common jobs that a roofer does on a daily basis. There is a common belief that a leak will form in the ceiling directly below the cause of the leak, which isn't necessarily true. The slope of the roof may result in water flowing from between two broken shingles and gently wearing away at the roof until it breaks through. If the roof has even a slight bow to it, standing water can get through the underlayment and the shingles to wear down the roof too. Fort Worth roofing contractors know how to detect and find leaks in a roof and how to treat those leaks.

There are a few common signs of a roof leak beyond a simple leak in the roof. The most common is the presence of mold or mildew. Roofers look at both the color and consistency of the substance to determine if it is mold or mildew. Mildew often looks powdery and has a dryer texture than mold, and it usually appears white in color. Mold can come in several different shades and even have multiple colors in a single spot.

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It may feel slightly damp or spongy to the touch as well.

Another common sign of a roof leak is a soft or spongy section of the wall or ceiling. This shows that the water fell from the roof and penetrated the home. Roofers also keep an eye out for any signs of cracks in the ceiling, holes in the corners and bowed spots in the ceiling. A bowed spot often occurs because there is an abundance of moisture trapped between the ceiling and the roof. This water can eventually break through and create a large crack that will only widen and lengthen when left untreated.

The best way to treat a leaky roof depends on the source of the leak. If the home suffered a large amount of storm damage, roofers may recommend installing impact resistant shingles that won't break the way ordinary shingles do. Replacing any broken or cracked shingles is as soon as they're noticed is imperative. Roofers will also want to check the underlayment to determine if there are holes that allow water in through the ceiling. Some leaky roofs may need a new roof deck as well. A new deck is generally needed when the home features a roof deck that shows signs of water damage, termites or rotting.

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