Have A Leak?
I can attest that not many things bring me stress and anxiety like seeing water coming down from your ceiling. Believe me, we have been there before! Spring storms often show up with little chance of determining the severity, and a little rain can turn into a downpour in a matter of seconds. Have you ever had to put a bucket underneath a leak in your roof? Well I have.
I was sitting on my couch one evening in my living room during a heavy rain, and I noticed a drip coming down from my ceiling near the front door. The drip started to increase, and next thing you know, a patch of drywall just dropped from the ceiling onto the floor. I was sitting their dumbfounded and confused as to what was going on! It made a big mess, and I knew at that point there was a problem that needed addressing as soon as possible. Water can cause serious damage to your house. It does not take long for untreated wood to rot and decay when water has regular access to it, not to mention the risk of mold growth!
First things first, contain the flow of water
Like I said up above, I have personally had to deal with a leaky roof. I had to wait weeks before the forecast looked well enough to install a roof. This means, I was regularly changing out buckets of water during the heavy rains. If you have access to your attic you can find the dripping quite easily while it is raining. If the area is in-accessible, you can always call Sax Construction out to make attempts to patch the leak until we can do a more thorough inspection! Do not let this leak be unaddressed for long. Mold can start to grow quickly and making sure to provide adequate ventilation is key to preventing the mold growth. A quick patch during inclement weather can be sufficient enough to temporary control the water flow, but we should never depend on these for a long term solution. Where there is one leak, another could be forming elsewhere once you have stopped the first one.
Do you notice any mold growth in your attic?
It may be time to have a roof inspection done. When was the last time the roof was replaced? That is a question most roofers will ask you. Many times we purchase a home, and the seller provides an estimate year for how old the roof is. Many times this estimate can be wrong. Not all moisture problems in your attic are caused by a roof leak, but it is important to have an inspection done to rule out the possibility. Mold is a sign that their is a high amount of moisture building up and the ventilation is poor. A roof is meant to breathe. There are vents installed to ensure that airflow can pass from the attic out of the house to prevent stagnant air and moisture from growing mold. It could be just a condensation build up, but just to be safe, I would recommend an inspection to be done.
Are you noticing water stains on your ceiling?
A roof leak can be small to start with allowing a small amount of water in. This can produce stains in the ceiling, and create moisture problems in your attic. Sometimes these stains can be caused by condensation build up in your attic as well, so we can't always assume that the roof is leaking. It is important to have an expert roofer like Sax Construction to come out and see what the source of the leak is. Don't let the issue worsen over time. It could grow into a much bigger and costly thing to fix. It can also cause longer term health problems to you and your family if you allow these leaks to grow.
how old is your home?
The age of a home can be a big factor in determining where leaks are occurring. Many homes in Belleville Illinois for example are quite old. Some were even built during or right after the end of the civil war! Who knows how many times the roof has been replaced on that house! Some towns such as O'Fallon Illinois have a mixture of older homes and newer homes that may have had recent rehab projects completed. It is important to determine the age of your home to find out what kind of construction material was used and if it is in need of replacement. There is a resurgence in the housing market to start rehabbing many of these older style homes. Many TV shows out there are inspiring young house hunters to jump into the world of home remodeling and rehab. This can create issues for future home buyers due to the lack of consistency in the quality of the product. If you are worried that someone may have worked on your house in the past that may not have been licensed, I would have an inspection done on your roof to make sure that it is in good shape.
dont leave it to chance
Sax Construction has spent many years installing and repairing roofs. We pride ourselves in our work and love to provide a product that will last many years. If you are skeptical regarding contractors, I don't blame you. There are many people in the industry that call themselves experts who turn out to be flakes or scam artists. Give us a chance to provide you with a free estimate so that we can help you on your way to having a roof that you can feel good about!