About a year ago, I realized that there were a few things that I needed to do around the house to make my place feel more like a home. For starters, I knew that I needed to replace the carpet, since it was damaged from years of use. Unfortunately, I knew that I didn't have the skills to take care of things on my own, so I turned to a team of professional contractors. They were incredible to work with, and even taught me how to create a great construction environment for my team. After the project was done, I knew that I wanted to make a blog about creating a positive construction environment.
That drip of water, the moisture spots on the ceiling, the telltale water lines on the walls; it all indicates that you have moisture making its way inside of the house somewhere, but figuring out where is not always as easy as most homeowners think.
Even though it is easy to assume that water seeming to come in from overhead must be from a bad roof, this is not always the case. In fact, the roof often gets a lot of the blame when there is a water leak, but is less often the actual guilty component. Here are a few common construction problems that could have you pointing the finger at your roof mistakenly when there is really something else going on.
Inadequate Architecture - If you live in an older home, don't be surprised if a leak that you discover has nothing to do with faulty roofing materials, but the shape of the roof itself. If the pitch of a home's roof is not just right, it can lead water into places it should not be, or even cause pooling in certain specific areas. Even though you may not need a roofer for repairs, a professional roofer can take a look at your roof and help you determine if poor architectural design is the problem.
Inefficient Attic Space - If your attic is little more than a shabby storage area that is not at all climate controlled, moisture can be a big deal. Condensation can form inside of the attic and make its way down to the living space below. This is often a result of poor insulation, which allows the temperatures outdoors to invade the space and interact with the heated and cooled air from the underlying levels of the house. You may find drips running down the walls during periods of extremely hot or cold weather.
Non-Functioning Gutters - Most homeowners take their gutters for granted. However, gutters are a big deal when it comes to water and moisture, and if they are not functioning or clogged, you can most definitely see water inside of the house. The gutters are responsible for routing rainfall and other moisture away from the house. Therefore, if the gutters are not functional, water can end up in some pretty unusual places.
You may be tempted to place the blame on the roofing materials of your home if you see water inside of the house, but the roof may not always be to blame. Talk to a roof repair professional like one from Starkweather & Sons Roofing & Siding to help you diagnose the moisture issues you have inside of your home.Share
1 December 2015