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Water Stains on the Ceiling after a Storm: Possible Roof Problems

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Storms aren’t particularly uncommon in the Jacksonville area, even when it’s not hurricane season. While most storms are nothing to worry about, they can pose threats to your home, particularly to your roof. In most instances, you’ll weather the thunder, lightning, wind and rain and emerge unscathed. What happens if you notice water stains on the ceiling after a storm, though? This is a sign that there might be some serious problems with your roof. Here’s what you should know:

Water Stained Ceilings

First, understand that water stains on the ceiling are usually indicative of serious problems, rather than minor concerns. In order for water to leak into the roof, down through the attic or sub-roof, and to the ceiling, there usually has to be a considerable amount of water, which can indicate a large leak or a situation that’s been going on for some time.

Inspect for Leaks

If you want to tackle the inspection portion on your own, you’ll need to get into the attic or crawlspace. Remember that the water stain on the ceiling is almost never directly beneath the leak in the roof. Because of the pitch on most roofs, water leaks in, and then runs down before finally dripping into the insulation and then making its way into the ceiling of the room below. That means the actual leak can be a very long way from where the water eventually made its way down to stain the ceiling. 

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The simplest thing to do is to locate the wet insulation above the water stain and then inspect the decking material directly above it. You should see a line of water running up the pitch of the roof to the point of penetration into the interior (if you’re inspecting before the water dries, of course). This can give you a good idea of where the leak is located on the outside of the roof. Of course, this isn’t a “sure thing”, as water can also run under the shingles on the outside of the roof.

You can inspect the top of the roof for signs of damage once you’ve located where it’s entering the interior of the roof. Look for missing or damaged shingles in the area around the point of interior penetration. However, don’t be surprised if you don’t see anything. Spotting water leaks can be hard to do on your own.

When In Doubt

A professional roofing contractor will perform a full roof inspection of your home, both inside and out. This is the only true way to ensure that you’re able to locate the leak and assess the full amount of water damage. The roofing contractor will determine if there is any mold present or if any drywall needs to be replaced. They will also determine what roofing repairs need to be made to repair the leak, or if you need an entirely new roof altogether.

Working with a professional Jacksonville roofer, like A.J. Wells Roofing & Construction, will help you handle all of the headaches and hassles of roof problems like leaks and water damage. Call us today to schedule your free roofing estimate!


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